Synageva Biopharma (NASDAQ: GEVA) and Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX) are both biotechnology & medical research – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

36.8% of Novavax shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.0% of Novavax shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Synageva Biopharma and Novavax’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Synageva Biopharma -6,429.45% -39.57% -37.57%
Novavax -726.35% -787.38% -52.58%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Synageva Biopharma and Novavax, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Synageva Biopharma 0 0 0 0 N/A
Novavax 0 5 2 0 2.29

Novavax has a consensus price target of $3.27, suggesting a potential upside of 191.67%.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Synageva Biopharma and Novavax’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Synageva Biopharma N/A N/A N/A ($6.34) N/A
Novavax $15.35 million 22.88 -$279.96 million ($0.68) -1.65

Synageva Biopharma has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Novavax. Novavax is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Synageva Biopharma, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Novavax beats Synageva Biopharma on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Synageva Biopharma Company Profile

Synageva BioPharma Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic products for the treatment of rare diseases. The Company has a pipeline of protein therapeutic programs for rare diseases. Its lead product is Kanuma (sebelipase alfa) being developed for the treatment of lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL Deficiency). The Company’s other product candidates under development include SBC-103, a first-mover enzyme replacement therapy program for mucopolysaccharidosis IIIB (MPS IIIB, also known as Sanfilippo B syndrome) and SBC-105, which is a first-mover enzyme therapy in preclinical development for rare disorders of calcification, including the indication generalized calcification in infants (GACI). The Company also has additional first-mover and potentially bio-superior protein therapeutic pipeline programs for other rare diseases at different stages of preclinical development.

Novavax Company Profile

Novavax, Inc. is a clinical-stage vaccine company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant nanoparticle vaccines and adjuvants. The Company operates through developing recombinant vaccines segment. The Company, through its recombinant nanoparticle vaccine technology, produces vaccine candidates to respond to both known and newly emerging diseases. The Company’s product pipeline focuses on a range of infectious diseases with vaccine candidates in clinical development for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza and the Ebola virus (EBOV). The Company’s lead adjuvant for human applications, Matrix-M, is in a Phase I/II clinical trial for pandemic influenza H7N9 vaccine candidate. It is also testing Matrix-M in conjunction with its EBOV vaccine candidate in a Phase I clinical trial. It is developing additional pre-clinical stage programs in a range of infectious diseases, including Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

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