Critical Comparison: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) & Its Rivals

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY) is one of 189 publicly-traded companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.4% of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals 3 3 14 1 2.62
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Competitors 547 2475 6702 128 2.65

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus target price of $129.40, suggesting a potential upside of 4.39%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 14.98%. Given Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals -664.70% -46.94% -35.58%
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Competitors -4,500.46% -463.79% -41.83%

Volatility and Risk

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 2.97, indicating that its share price is 197% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ rivals have a beta of 1.58, indicating that their average share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals $47.16 million -$410.10 million -23.61
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Competitors $217.29 million -$39.39 million -63.57

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference (RNAi) therapeutics. The Company is focused on the use of its N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc)-conjugate platform for delivery of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs). Its pipeline of investigational RNAi therapeutics focuses on three Strategic Therapeutic Areas (STArs): Genetic Medicines, with multiple product candidates for the treatment of rare diseases; Cardio-Metabolic Diseases, with product candidates directed toward genetically validated, liver-expressed disease targets for unmet needs in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and Hepatic Infectious Diseases, with product candidates designed to address the global health challenges of hepatic infectious diseases, beginning with hepatitis B and hepatitis D viral infections. The Company’s lead product, Patisiran, is formulated utilizing lipid nanoparticles (LNPs).

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