Heron Therapeutics (NASDAQ: HRTX) and Chromadex (NASDAQ:CDXC) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.
Volatility & Risk
Heron Therapeutics has a beta of 1.87, indicating that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chromadex has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Heron Therapeutics and Chromadex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
98.4% of Heron Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.9% of Chromadex shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.9% of Heron Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of Chromadex shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Heron Therapeutics and Chromadex’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Heron Therapeutics||$1.28 million||1,074.98||-$173.14 million||($3.79)||-5.62|
|Chromadex||$26.81 million||9.68||-$2.92 million||($0.23)||-20.96|
Chromadex has higher revenue and earnings than Heron Therapeutics. Chromadex is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Heron Therapeutics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Heron Therapeutics and Chromadex, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Heron Therapeutics presently has a consensus target price of $29.90, suggesting a potential upside of 40.38%. Chromadex has a consensus target price of $7.50, suggesting a potential upside of 55.60%. Given Chromadex’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Chromadex is more favorable than Heron Therapeutics.
Chromadex beats Heron Therapeutics on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Heron Therapeutics Company Profile
Heron Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company engaged in developing pharmaceutical products for patients suffering from cancer or pain. The Company’s product candidates include SUSTOL, HTX-019 and HTX-011. All of its product candidates utilize science and technology platforms, including its Biochronomer drug delivery technology. The Company’s SUSTOL (granisetron) injection, extended release is being developed for the prevention of both acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) associated with moderately emetogenic chemotherapy (MEC) or highly emetogenic chemotherapy (HEC). HTX-019, which is an intravenous formulation of aprepitant, a neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist, is being developed for the prevention of CINV. HTX-011, a long-acting formulation of the local anesthetic bupivacaine in a fixed-dose combination with the anti-inflammatory meloxicam, is being developed for the prevention of post-operative pain. HTX-011 is in Phase II clinical trials.
Chromadex Company Profile
Chromadex Corporation and its subsidiaries ChromaDex, Inc., ChromaDex Analytics, Inc. and Spherix Consulting, Inc. provide research and quality-control products and services to the natural products industry. The Company allows its business units to discover, acquire, develop and commercialize ingredient technologies that address the dietary supplement, food, beverage, skin care and pharmaceutical markets. The Company operates through three segments: Ingredients, which develops, supplies and commercializes ingredient technologies; Core standards and contract services, which supplies phytochemical reference standards, which are small quantities of plant-based compounds used to research an array of attributes, reference materials and related contract services, and Scientific and regulatory consulting, which provides scientific and regulatory consulting to the clients in the food, supplement and pharmaceutical industries to manage health and regulatory risks.
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