Head to Head Analysis: Allergan PLC. (AGN) & NephroGenex (NRX)

Allergan PLC. (NYSE: AGN) and NephroGenex (NASDAQ:NRX) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.


Allergan PLC. pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. NephroGenex does not pay a dividend. Allergan PLC. pays out 9.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Allergan PLC. and NephroGenex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Allergan PLC. 79.17% 7.37% 4.17%
NephroGenex N/A -211.97% -105.90%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.6% of Allergan PLC. shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Allergan PLC. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Allergan PLC. and NephroGenex’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Allergan PLC. $15.07 billion 4.97 $6.15 billion $28.15 7.96
NephroGenex N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Allergan PLC. has higher revenue and earnings than NephroGenex.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Allergan PLC. and NephroGenex, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Allergan PLC. 0 5 13 0 2.72
NephroGenex 0 0 1 0 3.00

Allergan PLC. presently has a consensus target price of $277.76, suggesting a potential upside of 24.01%. NephroGenex has a consensus target price of $17.50, suggesting a potential upside of 12,391.08%. Given NephroGenex’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe NephroGenex is more favorable than Allergan PLC..


Allergan PLC. beats NephroGenex on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Allergan PLC.

Allergan, Inc. is a multi-specialty healthcare company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter (OTC) products. It discovers, develops and commercializes a range of products for the ophthalmic, neurological, medical aesthetics, medical dermatology, breast aesthetics, urological and other specialty markets. The Company operates in two segments: specialty pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The specialty pharmaceuticals segment produces products, including ophthalmic products for dry eye, glaucoma, inflammation, infection, allergy and retinal disease; Botox for therapeutic and aesthetic indications; skin care products for acne, psoriasis, eyelash growth and prescription and OTC skin care products, and urologics products. The medical devices segment produces medical devices, including breast implants for augmentation, revision and reconstructive surgery and tissue expanders, and facial aesthetics products.

About NephroGenex

NephroGenex, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development of therapeutics to treat kidney disease. The Company has paused the clinical program of its product candidate, oral Pyridorin, for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy. The Company was primarily focused on the Phase III Pyridorin program, and other planned clinical and nonclinical studies and other work needed to submit Pyridorin for acute kidney injury (AKI), as well as the treatment of diabetic nephropathy in patients with Type II diabetes for regulatory approval in the United States and Europe. The Company has not generated any revenues.

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