Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP) and Assembly Biosciences (NASDAQ:ASMB) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Salix Pharmaceuticals and Assembly Biosciences’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Salix Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Assembly Biosciences $3.04 million 199.46 -$50.92 million ($2.74) -12.74

Salix Pharmaceuticals has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Assembly Biosciences.

Profitability

This table compares Salix Pharmaceuticals and Assembly Biosciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Salix Pharmaceuticals -2,134.34% -305.24% -25.83%
Assembly Biosciences N/A -68.83% -43.63%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.3% of Assembly Biosciences shares are held by institutional investors. 19.6% of Assembly Biosciences shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Salix Pharmaceuticals and Assembly Biosciences, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Salix Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Assembly Biosciences 0 0 1 0 3.00

Assembly Biosciences has a consensus price target of $35.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.23%. Given Assembly Biosciences’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Assembly Biosciences is more favorable than Salix Pharmaceuticals.

Summary

Assembly Biosciences beats Salix Pharmaceuticals on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Salix Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in acquiring, developing and commercializing prescription drugs and medical devices used in the treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. The Company offers over 20 marketed products, such as XIFAXAN550 (rifaximin) tablets, XIFAXAN (rifaximin) tablets, APRISO (mesalamine) extended-release capsules, UCERIS (budesonide MMX) extended release tablets, MOVIPREP, GLUMETZA extended release tablets, RELISTOR subcutaneous injection, UCERIS rectal foam, OSMOPREP tablets, SOLESTA, DEFLUX, FULYZAQ (crofelemer) delayed-release tablets, GIAZO (balsalazide disodium) tablets, CYCLOSET (bromocriptine mesylate) tablets, and FENOGLIDE (fenofibrate) tablets, among others. Its primary product candidates under development include Rifaximin, Methylnaltrexone bromide oral, Ruconest, Rifaximin delayed release or extended intestinal release and Rifaximin soluble solid dispersion (SSD)/next generation.

Assembly Biosciences Company Profile

Assembly Biosciences, Inc. is a biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in developing two platform programs, such as a class of oral therapeutics for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and a class of oral synthetic live therapeutics, which are designed to restore health to a dysbiotic microbiome. It has discovered various core protein Allosteric Modulators (CpAMs), which are small molecules that directly target and allosterically modulate the HBV core (HBc) protein. Its Microbiome Program consists of an integrated platform that includes a strain identification and selection process, methods for strain isolation and growth under current good manufacturing practice conditions, and a delivery system, GEMICEL, which allows for targeted oral delivery of live biologic and conventional therapies to the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The lead product candidate from this platform, AB-M101, is in development for the treatment of clostridium difficile-infections.

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