Financial Survey: Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) & Aravive (ARAV)

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.8% of Sarepta Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 7.9% of Sarepta Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of Aravive shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sarepta Therapeutics and Aravive’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sarepta Therapeutics -89.46% -23.67% -13.65%
Aravive N/A 7.87% 6.86%

Volatility and Risk

Sarepta Therapeutics has a beta of 2.14, meaning that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aravive has a beta of 2.35, meaning that its share price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Sarepta Therapeutics and Aravive, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sarepta Therapeutics 0 2 23 0 2.92
Aravive 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sarepta Therapeutics presently has a consensus price target of $185.81, suggesting a potential upside of 45.31%. Given Sarepta Therapeutics’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Sarepta Therapeutics is more favorable than Aravive.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sarepta Therapeutics and Aravive’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sarepta Therapeutics $154.58 million 55.27 -$50.68 million ($1.64) -77.97
Aravive $40,000.00 1,336.01 -$84.97 million N/A N/A

Sarepta Therapeutics has higher revenue and earnings than Aravive.

Summary

Aravive beats Sarepta Therapeutics on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sarepta Therapeutics Company Profile

Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. focuses on the discovery and development of RNA-based therapeutics, gene therapy, and other genetic medicine approaches for the treatment of rare neuromuscular diseases. The company offers EXONDYS 51, a disease-modifying therapy for the treatment of duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), which is a rare genetic muscle-wasting disease caused by the absence of dystrophin. It also provides Golodirsen, a product candidate that binds to exon 53 of dystrophin pre-mRNA, which results in exclusion or skipping of exon during mRNA processing in patients with genetic mutations that are amenable to exon 53 skipping; and Casimersen, a product candidate that uses phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer (PMO) chemistry and exon-skipping technology to skip exon 45 of the DMD gene. In addition, the company provides SRP-5051, a peptide conjugated PMO that binds to exon 51 of dystrophin pre-mRNA resulting in exclusion of exon during mRNA processing in patients with genetic mutations that are amenable to exon 51 skipping. The company has strategic alliances with Nationwide Children's Hospital for the advancement of micro-dystrophin gene therapy program under the research and license option agreement, as well as Galgt2 gene therapy program under the license agreement; and Genethon for the advancement of micro-dystrophin gene therapy program under a research and exclusive license option agreement. It also has a research and license option agreement with Duke University for the advancement of gene editing CRISPR/Cas9 technology for muscular dystrophy; and a collaboration and license agreement with Summit (Oxford) Ltd. to commercialize products in Summit's utrophin modulator pipeline. The company distributes its products through a network of specialty distributors and specialty pharmacies in the United States, as well as through distributors internationally. Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Aravive Company Profile

Aravive, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company, focuses on developing therapies for solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. It is developing AVB-S6-500, a GAS6 binding protein and AXL decoy receptor, for the treatment of ovarian cancer, as well as for renal cell carcinoma, acute myeloid leukemia, triple negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. The company was formerly known as Versartis, Inc. and changed its name to Aravive, Inc. in October 2018. Aravive, Inc. is based in Houston, Texas.

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