Planet Fitness (NYSE:PLNT) and Pixarbio (OTCMKTS:PXRB) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Planet Fitness has a beta of 0.77, indicating that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pixarbio has a beta of -186.52, indicating that its share price is 18,752% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Planet Fitness and Pixarbio’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Planet Fitness $429.94 million 12.77 $33.14 million $0.84 66.94
Pixarbio $1.97 billion 0.00 -$1.00 million N/A N/A

Planet Fitness has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Pixarbio.

Profitability

This table compares Planet Fitness and Pixarbio’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Planet Fitness 11.22% -95.97% 8.92%
Pixarbio N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.8% of Planet Fitness shares are held by institutional investors. 19.9% of Planet Fitness shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Planet Fitness and Pixarbio, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Planet Fitness 0 5 7 0 2.58
Pixarbio 0 0 0 0 N/A

Planet Fitness currently has a consensus price target of $52.31, suggesting a potential downside of 6.98%. Given Planet Fitness’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Planet Fitness is more favorable than Pixarbio.

Summary

Planet Fitness beats Pixarbio on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Planet Fitness Company Profile

Planet Fitness, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates fitness centers under the Planet Fitness name. It operates through three segments: Franchise, Corporate-Owned Stores, and Equipment. The Franchise segment is involved in franchising business in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Panama. The Corporate-Owned Stores segment operates corporate-owned stores in the United States and Canada. The Equipment segment engages in the sale of fitness equipment to franchisee-owned stores in the United States. As of June 30, 2018, the company had 1,608 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico. Planet Fitness, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Pixarbio Company Profile

PixarBio Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical/biotechnology company, focuses on the pre-clinical and clinical development of neurological drug delivery systems for post-operative pain. The company researches and develops delivery systems for drugs, devices, or biologics to treat pain, epilepsy, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injury. Its principal product platform is NeuroRelease for the therapeutic release of non-opiate drugs for post-operative, acute, and chronic pain in pre-clinical models. The company is based in Medford, Massachusetts.

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