Epirus Biopharmaceuticals (OTCMKTS:EPRSQ) and Zymeworks (NYSE:ZYME) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Epirus Biopharmaceuticals and Zymeworks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Epirus Biopharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A
Zymeworks -102.78% -24.44% -19.13%

Risk and Volatility

Epirus Biopharmaceuticals has a beta of 6.01, meaning that its share price is 501% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zymeworks has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Epirus Biopharmaceuticals and Zymeworks, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Epirus Biopharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Zymeworks 0 1 6 0 2.86

Zymeworks has a consensus target price of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.43%. Given Zymeworks’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Zymeworks is more favorable than Epirus Biopharmaceuticals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Epirus Biopharmaceuticals and Zymeworks’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Epirus Biopharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Zymeworks $53.02 million 19.98 -$36.56 million ($1.26) -21.41

Epirus Biopharmaceuticals has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Zymeworks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.0% of Zymeworks shares are held by institutional investors. 13.1% of Epirus Biopharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of Zymeworks shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Epirus Biopharmaceuticals beats Zymeworks on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Epirus Biopharmaceuticals

EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and commercializes biosimilar therapeutics worldwide. Its lead product candidate is BOW015, a biosimilar version of Remicade (infliximab) for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases. The company's pipeline of biosimilar product candidates also include BOW050, a biosimilar version of Humira (adalimumab) to treat inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and various other forms of adult and pediatric arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic psoriasis and psoriasis; and BOW070, a biosimilar version of Actemra (tocilizumab) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, polyarticular arthritis, and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. In addition, it is developing BOW080, a biosimilar version of Soliris for the treatment of ultra-rare blood disorders, including paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome; and BOW100, a biosimilar version of SIMPONI for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, and psoriatic arthritis. The company has a license agreement with Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; license and collaboration agreement with Livzon Mabpharm Inc.; and collaboration agreement with Polpharma S.A. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. On July 25, 2016, Epirus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. filed a voluntary petition for liquidation under Chapter 7 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.

About Zymeworks

Zymeworks Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of bio-therapeutics for the treatment of cancer in Canada. The company's lead product candidates include ZW25, a bispecific antibody that is in Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of breast and gastric cancer; ZW49, a bispecific antibody-drug conjugate that is in preclinical stage for treating breast and gastric cancers, and solid tumors. The company has strategic partnerships with Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Ltd.; Eli Lilly and Company; Celgene Corporation and Celgene Alpine Investment Co. LLC; GlaxoSmithKline Intellectual Property Development Limited; Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.; and Janssen Biotech, Inc., as well as a collaboration agreement with BeiGene, Ltd. It also has licensing and research collaboration with LEO Pharma A/S to discover and develop bispecific antibodies targeting cytokine-receptor pathways. Zymeworks Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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