Antares Pharma (NASDAQ: ATRS) and Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.
Risk and Volatility
Antares Pharma has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Align Technology has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Antares Pharma and Align Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Antares Pharma currently has a consensus price target of $3.95, indicating a potential upside of 92.68%. Align Technology has a consensus price target of $237.64, indicating a potential upside of 6.51%. Given Antares Pharma’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Antares Pharma is more favorable than Align Technology.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Antares Pharma and Align Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Antares Pharma||$52.22 million||6.15||-$24.33 million||($0.11)||-18.64|
|Align Technology||$1.08 billion||16.57||$189.68 million||$3.30||67.61|
Align Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Antares Pharma. Antares Pharma is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Align Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
34.6% of Antares Pharma shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.9% of Align Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Antares Pharma shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Align Technology shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Antares Pharma and Align Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Align Technology beats Antares Pharma on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Antares Pharma
Antares Pharma, Inc. (Antares) is a specialty pharmaceutical company that focuses on developing and commercializing self-administered parenteral pharmaceutical products and technologies. The Company develops and manufactures pressure-assisted injector devices, with and without needles, which allow patients to self-inject drugs. The Company’s subcutaneous injection technology platforms include VIBEX disposable pressure-assisted auto injectors, Vision reusable needle-free injectors and disposable multi-use pen injectors. The Company operates through drug delivery segment, which includes self-administered parenteral pharmaceutical products and technologies. The Company has developed OTREXUP (methotrexate) injection, which is a single dose, disposable auto injector.
About Align Technology
Align Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets a system of clear aligner therapy, intra-oral scanners and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) digital services used in dentistry, orthodontics and dental records storage. The Company operates through two segments: Clear Aligner segment and Scanner and Services (Scanner) segment. The Clear Aligner segment consists of its Invisalign System, which includes Invisalign Full, Teen and Assist (Comprehensive Products), Express/Lite (Non-Comprehensive Products) and Vivera Retainers, along with its training and ancillary products for treating malocclusion (Non-Case). The Scanner segment consists of intra-oral scanning systems and other services available with the intra-oral scanners that provide digital alternatives to the traditional cast models. The Scanner segment includes its iTero scanner and OrthoCAD services.
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