Palatin Technologies (NASDAQ:PTN) and Lantheus (NASDAQ:LNTH) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Palatin Technologies and Lantheus’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Palatin Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lantheus $331.38 million 2.03 $123.38 million $1.00 17.47

Lantheus has higher revenue and earnings than Palatin Technologies.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Palatin Technologies and Lantheus, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Palatin Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Lantheus 0 1 1 0 2.50

Lantheus has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 17.34%. Given Lantheus’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lantheus is more favorable than Palatin Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Palatin Technologies and Lantheus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Palatin Technologies N/A N/A N/A
Lantheus 36.75% 83.95% 8.22%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.3% of Lantheus shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Lantheus shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Lantheus beats Palatin Technologies on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Palatin Technologies

Palatin Technologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops targeted, receptor-specific peptide therapeutics for the treatment of various diseases in the United States. The company's principal product is Bremelanotide, an as needed subcutaneous injectable peptide melanocortin receptor agonist, which is in the Phase III clinical studies for the treatment of premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Its drug development programs also include melanocortin peptide system program, including PL-8177 is a selective melanocortin receptor 1 agonist peptide for inflammatory bowel diseases; and PL-8331, is a preclinical development candidate for treating ocular inflammation. In addition, the company develops natriuretic peptide system programs, including PLĀ­3994, a natriuretic peptide receptor-A agonist for treatment of cardiovascular indications; and PL-5028, s dual natriuretic peptide receptor A and C agonist that is in preclinical development for cardiovascular diseases, such as reducing cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. Palatin Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Cranbury, New Jersey.

About Lantheus

Lantheus Holdings, Inc. develops, manufactures, and commercializes diagnostic medical imaging agents and products that assist clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and other diseases worldwide. Its principal products include DEFINITY, an ultrasound contrast agent used in ultrasound exams of the heart; TechneLite, a technetium generator that provides the essential nuclear material used in nuclear medicine procedures; and Xenon, a radiopharmaceutical gas used to assess pulmonary function and imaging cerebral blood flow. The company also offers Neurolite, an injectable that is used to identify the area in the brain where blood flow has been blocked or reduced due to stroke; and Cardiolite, an injectable technetium-labeled imaging agent used in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) procedures that assess blood flow distribution to the heart. In addition, it provides injectable radiopharmaceutical imaging agents, such as Thallium Tl 201 that is used in MPI studies to detect cardiovascular disease; Gallium Ga 67, which is used to detect various infections and cancerous tumors; FDG, a fluorine-18-radiolabeled imaging agent to identify and characterize tumors in patients undergoing oncologic diagnostic procedures; and Quadramet, a therapeutic product, which is used to treat severe bone pain associated with metastatic bone lesions. Further, the company is developing Flurpiridaz F 18, which is in Phase III clinical trials to assess blood flow to the heart; LMI 1195 that has completed Phase I clinical trials for assessing cardiac sympathetic nerve function; and LMI 1174, which is in pre-clinical development targeted to elastin in the arterial walls and atherosclerotic plaque. The company sells its products to hospitals, clinics, group practices, integrated delivery networks, group purchasing organizations, and radiopharmacies. Lantheus Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts.

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