Synlogic (NASDAQ: SYBX) and Baxalta (NYSE:BXLT) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Synlogic and Baxalta, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Synlogic 0 1 3 0 2.75
Baxalta 0 0 0 0 N/A

Synlogic presently has a consensus target price of $18.75, indicating a potential upside of 84.18%.

Dividends

Baxalta pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share. Synlogic does not pay a dividend. Baxalta pays out 23.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Baxalta has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Synlogic and Baxalta’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Synlogic N/A N/A -$26.26 million ($4.68) -2.18
Baxalta N/A N/A N/A $1.19 N/A

Synlogic is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Baxalta, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.2% of Synlogic shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.6% of Synlogic shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Synlogic and Baxalta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Synlogic N/A -50.19% -46.76%
Baxalta 9.37% 14.28% 4.62%

Summary

Baxalta beats Synlogic on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Synlogic

Synlogic, Inc., formerly Mirna Therapeutics, Inc., is engaged in the development of a novel class of living treatments, Synthetic Biotic medicines. The Company uses its proprietary Synthetic Biotic development platform. Its pipeline includes Synthetic Biotic medicines for the treatment of rare genetic diseases, such as Urea Cycle Disorder (UCD) and Phenylketonuria (PKU). It is also focused on Synthetic Biotic medicines to address other conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease , cancer and metabolic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. The Company’s synthetic biotic medicines leverages the tools and principles of synthetic biology to genetically reengineer probiotic microbes to perform or deliver critical functions missing or damaged due to disease. The Company’s pipeline includes synthetic biotic medicines for the treatment of inborn errors of metabolism (IEM). It is developing SYNB1020 for the treatment of UCD and HE. It is developing SYNB1618 for the treatment of PKU.

About Baxalta

Baxalta Incorporated (Baxalta) is a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of differentiated therapies that seek to address medical needs across various disease areas, including hemophilia, immunology and oncology. Baxalta’s categories of products include Hemophilia products, such as Advate, Adynovate, Recombinate, Hemofil M, Immunate, Immunine, Rixubis and Prothromplex Total; Inhibitor Therapies products, including FEIBA and OBIZUR; Immunoglobulin Therapies products, which include GAMMAGARD LIQUID/KIOVIG, HYQVIA, GAMMAGARD S/D and SUBCUVIA; BioTherapeutics products, including FLEXBUMIN, BUMINATE, ARALAST NP, GLASSIA NP and CEPROTIN, and Oncology product, such as ONCASPAR. Baxalta Company develops, manufactures and markets a portfolio of treatments for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, immune deficiencies, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, burns and shock, and other chronic and acute medical conditions, as well as oncology treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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