Macrocure (NASDAQ: MCUR) and Supernus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SUPN) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Macrocure and Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Macrocure N/A -24.50% -22.85%
Supernus Pharmaceuticals 41.10% 30.73% 19.48%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.8% of Macrocure shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.8% of Supernus Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 6.7% of Supernus Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Macrocure and Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Macrocure N/A N/A N/A ($1.91) -0.79
Supernus Pharmaceuticals $252.59 million 8.82 $82.36 million $1.95 22.54

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Macrocure and Supernus Pharmaceuticals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Macrocure 0 0 0 0 N/A
Supernus Pharmaceuticals 0 2 4 0 2.67

Supernus Pharmaceuticals has a consensus price target of $48.33, indicating a potential upside of 9.97%. Given Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Supernus Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Macrocure.

Risk and Volatility

Macrocure has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Supernus Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Supernus Pharmaceuticals beats Macrocure on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Macrocure

Leap Therapeutics Ltd, formerly Macrocure Ltd, is a biotechnology company. The Company is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing cell therapy products to address unmet needs for the treatment of chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) and venous leg ulcers (VLUs). Its product candidate, CureXcell, is a combination of living human white blood cells that have been activated to facilitate the healing process and stimulate wound closure. CureXcell is in Phase III. Its CureXcell addresses each phase of healing in the impaired wound, including the production of growth factors and other biochemical factors involved in fibroblast activation, cell migration and extracellular matrix production, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Its delivery method of direct superficial injection into the chronic wound allows the precise delivery of the cells into the defective wound tissue where they can be effective.

About Supernus Pharmaceuticals

Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products for the treatment of central nervous system diseases. The Company offers Oxtellar XR (extended-release oxcarbazepine) and Trokendi XR (extended-release topiramate), its two treatments for patients with epilepsy. In addition, it is developing multiple product candidates in psychiatry to address unmet medical needs and market opportunities for the treatment of impulsive aggression (IA) and for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is developing SPN-810 (molindone hydrochloride) to treat IA in patients having ADHD. It is developing SPN-812 (viloxazine hydrochloride) as a candidate to treat patients having ADHD. The Company’s neurology portfolio consists of Oxtellar XR and Trokendi XR, which are the first once-daily extended release oxcarbazepine and topiramate products, respectively, indicated for epilepsy in the United States market.

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