Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) and Coherus Biosciences (NASDAQ:CHRS) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.7% of Gilead Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Gilead Sciences shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.9% of Coherus Biosciences shares are held 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 Gilead Sciences and Coherus Biosciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gilead Sciences -1.16% 33.59% 11.89%
Coherus Biosciences 37.11% 139.51% 37.87%

Volatility and Risk

Gilead Sciences has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coherus Biosciences has a beta of 2.03, indicating that its share price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Gilead Sciences and Coherus Biosciences, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gilead Sciences 2 16 9 0 2.26
Coherus Biosciences 0 2 6 0 2.75

Gilead Sciences currently has a consensus price target of $79.68, suggesting a potential upside of 15.75%. Coherus Biosciences has a consensus price target of $30.00, suggesting a potential upside of 58.73%. Given Coherus Biosciences’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Coherus Biosciences is more favorable than Gilead Sciences.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Gilead Sciences and Coherus Biosciences’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gilead Sciences $22.45 billion 3.84 $5.39 billion $6.14 11.21
Coherus Biosciences $356.07 million 3.79 $89.83 million $1.23 15.37

Gilead Sciences has higher revenue and earnings than Coherus Biosciences. Gilead Sciences is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Coherus Biosciences, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Coherus Biosciences beats Gilead Sciences on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gilead Sciences Company Profile

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines in the areas of unmet medical needs in the United States, Europe, and internationally. The company's products include Biktarvy, Descovy, Odefsey, Genvoya, Stribild, Complera/Eviplera, Atripla, and Truvada for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults; and Vosevi, Vemlidy, Epclusa, Harvoni, and Viread products for treating liver diseases. It also provides Yescarta, a chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy for adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma; Zydelig, a kinase inhibitor; Letairis, an oral formulation of an endothelin receptor antagonist for pulmonary arterial hypertension; Ranexa, a tablet to treat chronic angina; and AmBisome, an antifungal agent to treat serious invasive fungal infections. In addition, the company offers its products under the name Cayston, Emtriva, Hepsera, Sovaldi, and Tybost. Further, it develops product candidates for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and liver diseases, hematology/oncology, inflammation/respiratory diseases, and others. The company markets its products through its commercial teams; and in conjunction with third-party distributors and corporate partners. Gilead Sciences, Inc. has collaboration agreements with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Janssen Sciences Ireland UC; Japan Tobacco Inc.; Galapagos NV; Scholar Rock Holding Corporation; Tango Therapeutics; National Cancer Institute; Pfizer, Inc.; Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc.; Gadeta B.V.; HiFiBiO Therapeutics; Agenus Inc.; HOOKIPA Pharma Inc.; Goldfinch Bio, Inc.; and insitro Inc. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

Coherus Biosciences Company Profile

Coherus BioSciences, Inc., a commercial-stage biotherapeutics company, focuses on the biosimilar market worldwide. It markets UDENYCA, a long-acting granulocyte-colony stimulating factor, which stimulates production of granulocytes in order to promote the body's ability to fight infections. The company sells UDENYCA in the United States. Its clinical-stage product candidates include immunology, anti-tumor necrosis factor biosimilar candidates, CHS-1420 for adalimumab and CHS-0214 for etanercept, which has completed Phase III clinical programs; ophthalmology biosimilar candidates, CHS-3351 for ranibizumab and CHS-2020 for aflibercept that is in preclinical development; and CHS-131, small molecule therapeutic candidate and other metabolic conditions. Coherus BioSciences, Inc. has collaboration and license agreements with Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited; Baxalta Incorporated; Baxalta US Inc.; Baxalta GmbH; and Selexis SA. The company was formerly known as BioGenerics, Inc. and changed its name to Coherus BioSciences, Inc. in April 2012. Coherus BioSciences, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.

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