ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ACAD) and Beyondspring (NASDAQ:BYSI) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares ACADIA Pharmaceuticals and Beyondspring’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals -320.71% -67.68% -61.88%
Beyondspring N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.0% of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.2% of Beyondspring shares are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for ACADIA Pharmaceuticals and Beyondspring, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals 0 2 10 0 2.83
Beyondspring 0 0 4 0 3.00

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus price target of $51.27, indicating a potential upside of 90.46%. Beyondspring has a consensus price target of $54.50, indicating a potential upside of 109.86%. Given Beyondspring’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Beyondspring is more favorable than ACADIA Pharmaceuticals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ACADIA Pharmaceuticals and Beyondspring’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals $17.33 million 192.94 -$271.39 million ($2.46) -10.94
Beyondspring N/A N/A -$12.01 million N/A N/A

Beyondspring has lower revenue, but higher earnings than ACADIA Pharmaceuticals.

Summary

Beyondspring beats ACADIA Pharmaceuticals on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of medicines for central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Its lead drug candidate, NUPLAZID (pimavanserin), is used for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PD Psychosis). NUPLAZID is a selective serotonin inverse agonist (SSIA), preferentially targeting 5-HT2A receptors. The Company is conducting a Phase II trial, referred to as the SERENE Study, designed to examine the efficacy and safety of pimavanserin as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) Agitation. It is also conducting a Phase III, six-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center, outpatient study, referred to as the ENHANCE-1 study, designed to examine the use of pimavanserin in patients with schizophrenia.

Beyondspring Company Profile

BeyondSpring Inc. is a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development of cancer therapies. The Company is engaged in advancing its lead product, Plinabulin, into a Phase II/III clinical trial for the reduction of docetaxel chemotherapy-induced severe, grade 4 neutropenia; a Phase II/III clinical trial for the prevention of non-docetaxel chemotherapy-induced severe, grade 4 neutropenia, and a Phase III clinical trial as an anticancer agent in combination with docetaxel in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Plinabulin has also entered in a Phase I/II clinical trials to investigate its therapeutic potential in combination with the immuno-oncology agent nivolumab. The Company’s BPI-002 program is based on an oral small molecule agent, which induces T-cell activation. The Company’s IkappaB kinase (IKK) program, BPI-003, is based on a small molecule inhibitor of IKK, a protein kinase.

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