Financial Comparison: Lantheus (LNTH) & Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA)

Intellia Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NTLA) and Lantheus (NASDAQ:LNTH) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Intellia Therapeutics and Lantheus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intellia Therapeutics -278.64% -31.80% -24.41%
Lantheus 38.32% -145.14% 11.84%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Intellia Therapeutics and Lantheus, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intellia Therapeutics 0 2 7 0 2.78
Lantheus 0 1 3 0 2.75

Intellia Therapeutics currently has a consensus price target of $34.83, suggesting a potential upside of 35.80%. Lantheus has a consensus price target of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 64.38%. Given Lantheus’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Lantheus is more favorable than Intellia Therapeutics.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Intellia Therapeutics and Lantheus’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intellia Therapeutics $26.12 million 42.31 -$67.54 million ($1.88) -13.64
Lantheus $331.38 million 1.69 $123.38 million $1.00 14.60

Lantheus has higher revenue and earnings than Intellia Therapeutics. Intellia Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lantheus, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.7% of Intellia Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.5% of Lantheus shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Intellia Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Lantheus shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Intellia Therapeutics has a beta of 3.21, suggesting that its stock price is 221% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lantheus has a beta of 1.37, suggesting that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Lantheus beats Intellia Therapeutics on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intellia Therapeutics

Intellia Therapeutics, Inc., a gene editing company, focuses on the development of therapeutics utilizing a biological tool known as the CRISPR/Cas9 system. The company develops in vivo programs focused on liver diseases, including transthyretin amyloidosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis B virus, and inborn errors of metabolism programs. Its ex vivo pipeline includes proprietary programs focused on developing engineered cell therapies to treat various oncological and autoimmune diseases; and partnered programs focused on chimeric antigen receptor T cells and hematopoietic stem cells. Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. has collaboration agreement with Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Caribou Biosciences, Inc. The company was formerly known as AZRN, Inc. and changed its name to Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. in July 2014. Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About Lantheus

Lantheus Holdings, Inc. develops, manufactures, and commercializes diagnostic medical imaging agents and products that assist clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and other diseases worldwide. Its principal products include DEFINITY, an ultrasound contrast agent used in ultrasound exams of the heart; TechneLite, a technetium generator that provides the essential nuclear material used in nuclear medicine procedures; and Xenon, a radiopharmaceutical gas used to assess pulmonary function and imaging cerebral blood flow. The company also offers Neurolite, an injectable that is used to identify the area in the brain where blood flow has been blocked or reduced due to stroke; and Cardiolite, an injectable technetium-labeled imaging agent used in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) procedures that assess blood flow distribution to the heart. In addition, it provides injectable radiopharmaceutical imaging agents, such as Thallium Tl 201 that is used in MPI studies to detect cardiovascular disease; Gallium Ga 67, which is used to detect various infections and cancerous tumors; FDG, a fluorine-18-radiolabeled imaging agent to identify and characterize tumors in patients undergoing oncologic diagnostic procedures; and Quadramet, a therapeutic product, which is used to treat severe bone pain associated with metastatic bone lesions. Further, the company is developing Flurpiridaz F 18, which is in Phase III clinical trials to assess blood flow to the heart; LMI 1195 that has completed Phase I clinical trials for assessing cardiac sympathetic nerve function; and LMI 1174, which is in pre-clinical development targeted to elastin in the arterial walls and atherosclerotic plaque. The company sells its products to hospitals, clinics, group practices, integrated delivery networks, group purchasing organizations, and radiopharmacies. Lantheus Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts.

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