Proteon Therapeutics (NASDAQ: RGEN) and Repligen (NASDAQ:RGEN) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Proteon Therapeutics and Repligen’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Proteon Therapeutics N/A -266.77% -72.55%
Repligen 13.49% 5.05% 4.02%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Proteon Therapeutics and Repligen’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Proteon Therapeutics N/A N/A -$29.96 million ($2.13) -1.10
Repligen $141.24 million 15.36 $28.35 million $0.69 71.77

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

Volatility & Risk

Proteon Therapeutics has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Repligen has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Proteon Therapeutics and Repligen, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Proteon Therapeutics 0 1 3 0 2.75
Repligen 0 2 4 0 2.67

Proteon Therapeutics presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.66%. Repligen has a consensus target price of $46.83, indicating a potential downside of 5.43%. Given Proteon Therapeutics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Proteon Therapeutics is more favorable than Repligen.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.5% of Proteon Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.7% of Repligen shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.7% of Proteon Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Repligen shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Repligen beats Proteon Therapeutics on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Proteon Therapeutics

Proteon Therapeutics, Inc., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of pharmaceuticals to address the needs of patients with renal and vascular disease. Its lead product candidate is vonapanitase, an investigational drug intended to improve hemodialysis vascular access outcomes. The company develops vonapanitase, a recombinant human elastase, which has completed Phase II and Phase III clinical trials for patients with chronic kidney disease. It is also evaluating vonapanitase in a Phase I clinical trial in patients with peripheral artery disease. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.

About Repligen

Repligen Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells products used to enhance the interconnected phases of the biological drug manufacturing process worldwide. It offers Protein A ligands to life sciences companies, which are the binding components of Protein A affinity resins; and growth factor products used to supplement cell culture media. The company also provides chromatography products comprising OPUS pre-packed chromatography columns, which are used in the purification of antibodies and recombinant proteins; and OPUS PD smaller-scale columns that are used in the high throughput process development screening, viral validation studies, and scale down validation of chromatography processes. Its chromatography products also comprise ELISA kits, which are analytical test kits to detect the presence of proteins and growth factors; chromatography resins under the CaptivA brand; and liquid chromatography products under the Spectra/Chrom brand. In addition, the company provides filtration products, such as XCell ATF systems that are filtration devices used in upstream processes to remove cellular metabolic waste products during the course of a fermentation run, freeing healthy cells to continue producing the biologic drug of interest; Sius TFF line of cassettes used in downstream biologic drug purification and formulation processes; KrosFlo line of hollow-fiber cartridges and TFF systems; Spectra/Por portfolio of laboratory and process dialysis products; and Pro-Connex single-use hollow-fiber module-bag-tubing sets. Repligen Corporation sells its bioprocessing products to life sciences companies, biopharmaceutical companies, and contract manufacturing organizations. The company has a collaboration agreement with Navigo Proteins GmbH for the advancement of affinity ligands used in monoclonal antibody (mAb) and non-mAb downstream purification processes. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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