Critical Contrast: ImmunoPrecise Antibodies (NASDAQ:IPA) and Athenex (NASDAQ:ATNX)

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies (NASDAQ:IPAGet Rating) and Athenex (NASDAQ:ATNXGet Rating) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ImmunoPrecise Antibodies and Athenex’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ImmunoPrecise Antibodies $15.32 million 6.55 -$13.22 million ($0.68) -5.94
Athenex $120.18 million 0.97 -$199.77 million ($1.72) -0.56

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Athenex. ImmunoPrecise Antibodies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Athenex, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares ImmunoPrecise Antibodies and Athenex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ImmunoPrecise Antibodies -86.21% -32.37% -27.52%
Athenex -160.39% -258.81% -43.21%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for ImmunoPrecise Antibodies and Athenex, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ImmunoPrecise Antibodies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Athenex 0 1 1 0 2.50

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 197.03%. Athenex has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 318.85%. Given Athenex’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Athenex is more favorable than ImmunoPrecise Antibodies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

6.6% of ImmunoPrecise Antibodies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.9% of Athenex shares are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Athenex shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Athenex has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.


ImmunoPrecise Antibodies beats Athenex on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ImmunoPrecise Antibodies

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ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in antibody production and related services in the United States, Canada, Europe, and internationally. The company offers a range of antibodies, enzymes, enzyme activity assays, arthritis animal products, proteins, deiminated proteins, organoid growth factors, and hybridoma products for research purposes. Its services include custom antigen modeling, design, and manufacturing; B cell sorting, screening, and sequencing; custom, immune, and naive phage display production and screening; transgenic animals and multi-species antibody discovery; bi-specific, tri-specific, VHH, and VNAR (shark) antibody manufacturing; DNA cloning, protein and antibody downstream processing; antibody characterization on label-free biosensors and antibody engineering; transient and stable cell line generation; antibody optimization and humanization; hybridoma production with multiplexed, high-throughput screening, and clone-picking; and cryopreservation. The company has research collaboration agreements with Pierre Fabre S.A for antibody discovery; and Elektrofi, Inc. to explore a high-concentration formulation of COVID-19 antibody cocktail, PolyTope TATX-03. ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd. was incorporated in 1983 and is based in Victoria, Canada.

About Athenex

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Athenex, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer. It operates through three segments: Oncology Innovation Platform, Global Supply Chain Platform, and Commercial Platform. The company's Orascovery product candidates include Oral paclitaxel and encequidar, an oral dosage form, which is in Phase III trial for metastatic breast cancer, as well as various clinical studies in cutaneous angiosarcoma, advanced gastric cancer, and advanced solid malignancies. It also offers Src Kinase product candidates comprising Tirbanibulin ointments for actinic keratosis, skin cancers, and psoriasis. In addition, the company is developing KUR-501, an autologous product that is in a phase I clinical trial for treating children with relapsed-refractory (R/R) high risk neuroblastoma; KUR-502, an allogeneic product, which is in a phase I clinical trial for treating adults with R/R CD19 positive malignancies, including B cell lymphoma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia; and KUR-503, an allogeneic product that is in preclinical development for advanced hepatocellular carcinomas, as well as TCRT-ESO-A2, an autologous T cell receptor (TCR)-T cell therapy that is in phase 1 clinical trial for solid tumors. Further, it is developing dual absorption enhancers to inhibit the P-gp transporter and the cytochrome p450 3A enzymes within the gastrointestinal tract; and has a portfolio of TCRs that recognize hotspot mutations in p53, KRAS, and EGFR genes for multiple tumors. The company was formerly known as Kinex Pharmaceuticals LLC and changed its name to Athenex, Inc. in August 2015. Athenex, Inc. was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Buffalo, New York.

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