Financial Review: Windtree Therapeutics (WINT) vs. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (BCRX)

Windtree Therapeutics (OTCMKTS: WINT) and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BCRX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Windtree Therapeutics and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Windtree Therapeutics -1,227.48% N/A -289.28%
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals -392.09% -114.36% -48.44%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Windtree Therapeutics and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Windtree Therapeutics 0 1 0 0 2.00
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals 0 3 5 0 2.63

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals has a consensus target price of $8.83, suggesting a potential upside of 49.72%. Given BioCryst Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Windtree Therapeutics.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Windtree Therapeutics and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Windtree Therapeutics $1.48 million 8.89 -$18.44 million N/A N/A
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals $25.19 million 23.12 -$65.78 million ($0.78) -7.56

Windtree Therapeutics has higher earnings, but lower revenue than BioCryst Pharmaceuticals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Windtree Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.0% of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Windtree Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Windtree Therapeutics has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 2.6, meaning that its share price is 160% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals beats Windtree Therapeutics on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Windtree Therapeutics

Windtree Therapeutics, Inc., formerly Discovery Laboratories, Inc., is a biotechnology company. The Company is focused on developing KL4 surfactant therapies for respiratory diseases and other potential applications. The Company operates through the research and development of products focused on surfactant therapies for respiratory disorders and diseases, and the manufacture and commercial sales of approved products segment. The Company’s technology platform includes a synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant (KL4 surfactant) that is structurally similar to endogenous pulmonary surfactant, and drug delivery technologies being developed to enable non-invasive administration of aerosolized KL4 surfactant. The Company’s core development program, AEROSURF (lucinactant for inhalation), is focused on improving the management of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants, a respiratory condition that can result in long-term respiratory problems, developmental delay and death.

About BioCryst Pharmaceuticals

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, designs, optimizes, and develops small molecule drugs that block key enzymes involved in the pathogenesis of diseases. The company markets peramivir, an intravenous neuraminidase inhibitor, which is approved for uncomplicated seasonal and acute influenza in the United States and Canada under the name RAPIVAB, in Japan and Taiwan as RAPIACTA, and in Korea as PERAMIFLU; and Mundesine, an oral purine nucleoside phosphorylase inhibitor to treat cancer in Japan. It also develops BCX7353 and second generation kallikrein inhibitors, which are oral serine protease inhibitors targeting plasma kallikrein for hereditary angioedema; BCX9250 and BCX9499, which are activin receptor-like kinase-2 inhibitors for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive; and Galidesivir, a RNA dependent-RNA polymerase inhibitor to treat RNA viruses. The company has collaborations and in-license relationships with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Seqirus UK Limited; Shionogi & Co., Ltd.; Green Cross Corporation; Mundipharma International Holdings Limited; and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.

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