Head-To-Head Comparison: Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Eton Pharmaceuticals (NYSE:ETON)

Eton Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ETON) and Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


This table compares Eton Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eton Pharmaceuticals N/A -103.79% -93.17%
Pfizer 30.57% 28.10% 10.87%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Eton Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eton Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -$12.74 million ($5.80) -1.03
Pfizer $53.65 billion 3.92 $11.15 billion $3.00 12.68

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

12.8% of Eton Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of Pfizer shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.5% of Eton Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Pfizer shares are owned 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 Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Eton Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eton Pharmaceuticals 0 0 3 0 3.00
Pfizer 0 8 3 0 2.27

Eton Pharmaceuticals presently has a consensus target price of $17.25, suggesting a potential upside of 188.46%. Pfizer has a consensus target price of $43.66, suggesting a potential upside of 14.81%. Given Eton Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Eton Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Pfizer.


Pfizer beats Eton Pharmaceuticals on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Eton Pharmaceuticals

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products. It primarily focuses on liquid products, including injectable, oral liquid, and ophthalmic products. The company develops EM-100, an ophthalmic product for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis; ET-202 and ET-203, which are injectable product candidates for use in the hospital setting; ET-103, an oral liquid product candidate for hypothyroidism; ET-101, ET-102, and ET-104, which are oral liquid product candidates for neurological indications; and CT-100, a synthetic corticotropin therapeutic candidate for rheumatoid arthritis. It also develops DS-300, an injectable nutrition product candidate for neonates; DS-200, an injectable nutrition product for use as a supplement to intravenous solutions; and DS-100, an injectable nerve block for the relief of intractable pain. Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was incorporated in 2017 and is based in Deer Park, Illinois.

About Pfizer

Pfizer Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. It offers medicines and vaccines in various therapeutic areas, including internal medicine, vaccines, oncology, inflammation and immunology, and rare diseases under the Lyrica, Chantix/Champix, Eliquis, Ibrance, Sutent, Xalkori, Inlyta, Xtandi, Enbrel, Xeljanz, Eucrisa, BeneFix, Genotropin, and Refacto AF/Xyntha brands. The company also provides consumer healthcare products that comprise over-the-counter medicines, including dietary supplement products under the Centrum, Caltrate, and Emergen-C names; pain management products under the Advil and ThermaCare names; gastrointestinal products under the Nexium 24HR/Nexium Control and Preparation H names; and respiratory and personal care products under the Robitussin, Advil Cold & Sinus, and ChapStick names. In addition, it offers products that would lose or have lost marketing patent protection; branded generic products; generic sterile injectable products; biosimilars; and anti-infectives under the Lipitor, Premarin family, Norvasc, Lyrica, Celebrex, Viagra, Inflectra/Remsima, Zyvox, Vfend, Revatio, Inspra, Medrol, Sulperazon, Fragmin, Tygacil, Nivestim, and Retacrit, Ixifi Infliximab BS names. Further, the company is also involved in the contract manufacturing business. It serves wholesalers, retailers, hospitals, clinics, government agencies, pharmacies, and individual provider offices, as well as disease control and prevention centers. The company has collaboration and/or co-promotion agreements with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., and Merck KGaA; licensing agreement with BionTech AG; and collaboration agreements with Merck & Co., Inc. and Eli Lilly & Company, as well as with Merck KGaA and Nektar Therapeutics to develop a therapy for treating pancreatic cancer. Pfizer Inc. was founded in 1849 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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