Analyzing WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) (WX) and Voyager Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VYGR)

Voyager Therapeutics (NASDAQ: VYGR) and WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) (NYSE:WX) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Voyager Therapeutics and WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Voyager Therapeutics -1,195.63% -65.50% -44.31%
WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) 7.52% 6.93% 4.67%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Voyager Therapeutics and WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman), as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Voyager Therapeutics 0 1 12 0 2.92
WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Voyager Therapeutics presently has a consensus target price of $28.27, indicating a potential upside of 3.49%. Given Voyager Therapeutics’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Voyager Therapeutics is more favorable than WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman).

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Voyager Therapeutics and WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Voyager Therapeutics $14.22 million 60.42 -$40.19 million ($2.84) -9.62
WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A $1.18 38.91

WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Voyager Therapeutics. Voyager Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.5% of Voyager Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Voyager Therapeutics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Voyager Therapeutics beats WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Voyager Therapeutics Company Profile

Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage gene therapy company. The Company focuses on developing treatments for patients suffering from severe diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). The Company’s pipeline consists of programs for CNS indications, including advanced Parkinson’s disease; a monogenic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Huntington’s disease; Friedreich’s ataxia; frontotemporal dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, and severe chronic pain. The Company’s clinical candidate, VY-AADC01, is an adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy product candidate, for the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease. VY-AADC01 consists of the AAV2 capsid, which has been used in multiple AAV gene therapy clinical trials for various diseases, and the cytomegalovirus promoter that drives expression of the aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) transgene. Its pipeline also includes VY-SOD101, VY-FXN01, VY-HTT01, VY-TAU01 and VY-NAV01.

WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Company Profile

WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. is a pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device research and development (R&D) services company, with operations in China and the United States. The Company provides a portfolio of laboratory and manufacturing services throughout the drug and medical device R&D process to its customers. It conducts its operations in two segments: Laboratory services and Manufacturing services. The Company offers Laboratory services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. It offers Manufacturing services, which include the development of manufacturing processes and the production of advanced intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for use by pharmaceutical companies in preclinical and clinical trials of small-molecule products and in commercial products, as well as the production of biologic products.

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