Contrasting Juniper Pharmaceuticals (JNP) & Opko Health (OPK)

Juniper Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: JNP) and Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

Juniper Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.03, indicating that its share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Opko Health has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Juniper Pharmaceuticals and Opko Health, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Juniper Pharmaceuticals 0 1 2 0 2.67
Opko Health 0 2 6 0 2.75

Juniper Pharmaceuticals presently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 355.45%. Opko Health has a consensus price target of $14.81, indicating a potential upside of 205.41%. Given Juniper Pharmaceuticals’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Juniper Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Opko Health.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

36.4% of Juniper Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.9% of Opko Health shares are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Juniper Pharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 40.2% of Opko Health shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Juniper Pharmaceuticals and Opko Health’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Juniper Pharmaceuticals $54.57 million 1.00 $5.95 million $0.59 8.56
Opko Health $1.22 billion 2.22 -$25.08 million ($0.19) -25.53

Juniper Pharmaceuticals has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Opko Health. Opko Health is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Juniper Pharmaceuticals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Juniper Pharmaceuticals and Opko Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Juniper Pharmaceuticals 10.80% 17.32% 11.65%
Opko Health -9.45% -5.17% -3.94%

Summary

Juniper Pharmaceuticals beats Opko Health on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Juniper Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a women’s health therapeutics company. The Company is focused on developing therapeutics that address unmet medical needs in women’s health. It operates in two segments: product and service. The product segment is engaged in manufacturing and supplying CRINONE, the Company’s commercialized product. The service segment includes product development, clinical trial manufacturing, and advanced analytical and consulting services, as well as characterizing and developing its pharmaceutical product candidates. The Company’s pipeline of proprietary products includes JNP-0101, JNP-0201 and JNP-0301. JNP-0101 is developed to deliver oxybutynin for the treatment of overactive bladder in women. JNP-0201 is being designed to deliver natural hormones locally to vaginal tissue. JNP-0301 is being developed for the prevention of pre-term birth in women with a short cervical length. CRINONE is developed as a progesterone gel.

Opko Health Company Profile

OPKO Health, Inc. is a healthcare company. Its segments include Pharmaceutical, Diagnostics and Corporate. Pharmaceutical consists of the pharmaceutical operations in Chile, Mexico, Ireland, Israel and Spain and its pharmaceutical research and development operations. Diagnostics consists of the clinical laboratory operations in Bio-Reference Laboratories (Bio-Reference) and its point-of-care operations. Through Bio-Reference, it operates laboratory divisions, such as Bio-Reference, GenPath (Oncology), GenPath (Women’s Health), GeneDx and Laboratorio Bueno Salud. As of December 31, 2016, it had one commercial stage pharmaceutical product and several pharmaceutical compounds and technologies in various stages of research and development for a range of indications and conditions, including Renal Products, Biologics, hGH-CTP, Factor VII, Oxyntomodulin, active pharmaceutical ingredients, Oligonucleotide Therapeutics, NK-1 Program, Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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