Eiger Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: EIGR) and Galectin Therapeutics (NASDAQ:GALT) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.
This table compares Eiger Biopharmaceuticals and Galectin Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a summary of recent ratings for Eiger Biopharmaceuticals and Galectin Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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Eiger Biopharmaceuticals presently has a consensus target price of $32.86, suggesting a potential upside of 105.36%. Galectin Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $6.25, suggesting a potential upside of 6.47%. Given Eiger Biopharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Eiger Biopharmaceuticals is more favorable than Galectin Therapeutics.
Volatility and Risk
Eiger Biopharmaceuticals has a beta of 2.54, meaning that its share price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Galectin Therapeutics has a beta of 2.54, meaning that its share price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Eiger Biopharmaceuticals and Galectin Therapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Eiger Biopharmaceuticals||N/A||N/A||-$47.08 million||($5.30)||-3.02|
|Galectin Therapeutics||N/A||N/A||-$21.43 million||($0.56)||-10.48|
Galectin Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Eiger Biopharmaceuticals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
47.1% of Eiger Biopharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.8% of Galectin Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.8% of Eiger Biopharmaceuticals shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 38.8% of Galectin Therapeutics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Eiger Biopharmaceuticals beats Galectin Therapeutics on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Eiger Biopharmaceuticals Company Profile
Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly Celladon Corporation, is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of orphan diseases. Its pipeline includes Sarasar (lonafarnib) for hepatitis delta virus (HDV), exendin (9-39) for severe hypoglycemia, and Bestatin (ubenimex) for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and lymphedema. Lonafarnib is an orally active inhibitor of farnesyl transferase that inhibits the prenylation step of HDV replication inside liver cells and blocks the ability of the virus to multiply. It is conducting over three Phase II clinical trials, which include LOnafarnib With and without Ritonavir (LOWR) HDV-2 (Ankara, Turkey), LOWR HDV-3 (NIH) and LOWR HDV-4 (Hannover, Germany). Exendin is in Phase II clinical studies for the treatment of hypoglycemia associated with bariatric surgery. Ubenimex is in Phase II clinical studies for the treatment of PAH and lymphedema.
Galectin Therapeutics Company Profile
Galectin Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in drug research and development to create therapies for fibrotic disease and cancer. The Company’s drug candidates are based on its method of targeting galectin proteins, which are mediators of biologic and pathologic functions. It uses naturally occurring, readily-available plant materials as starting material in manufacturing processes to create complex carbohydrates with specific molecular weights and other pharmaceutical properties. The Company has two product candidates, GR-MD-02 and GM-CT-01. The Company’s galectin-3 inhibitor is GR-MD-02. The Company is focusing on development of GR-MD-02 intended to be used in the treatment of liver fibrosis associated with fatty liver disease (NASH), moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and in cancer therapy in combination with immune-system modifying agent(s). GM-CT-01 is a compound that continues to be explored in preclinical studies.
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