Galectin Therapeutics (NASDAQ: GALT) and Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co (NASDAQ:BHVN) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Galectin Therapeutics and Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Galectin Therapeutics 1 1 1 0 2.00
Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co 0 0 5 0 3.00

Galectin Therapeutics currently has a consensus target price of $2.08, suggesting a potential downside of 13.19%. Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co has a consensus target price of $31.75, suggesting a potential upside of 26.85%. Given Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co is more favorable than Galectin Therapeutics.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Galectin Therapeutics and Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Galectin Therapeutics N/A N/A -$20.48 million ($0.67) -3.58
Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co N/A N/A -$72.14 million N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.4% of Galectin Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 40.3% of Galectin Therapeutics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Galectin Therapeutics and Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Galectin Therapeutics N/A -546.35% -122.08%
Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co N/A N/A -172.50%

Galectin Therapeutics Company Profile

Galectin Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in drug research and development to create therapies for fibrotic disease and cancer. The Company’s drug candidates are based on its method of targeting galectin proteins, which are mediators of biologic and pathologic functions. It uses naturally occurring, readily-available plant materials as starting material in manufacturing processes to create complex carbohydrates with specific molecular weights and other pharmaceutical properties. The Company has two product candidates, GR-MD-02 and GM-CT-01. The Company’s galectin-3 inhibitor is GR-MD-02. The Company is focusing on development of GR-MD-02 intended to be used in the treatment of liver fibrosis associated with fatty liver disease (NASH), moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and in cancer therapy in combination with immune-system modifying agent(s). GM-CT-01 is a compound that continues to be explored in preclinical studies.

Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co Company Profile

Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. is a United States-based biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the identification and development of clinical-stage compounds targeting orphan neurologic indications and other neurological pathways. It has a portfolio of multiple late-stage drug candidates. Its pipeline includes BHV-0223, which is a formulation of a glutamate-modulating agent; BHV-4157, which is a new chemical entity (NCE) that modulates glutamate, and BHV-5000, which is an in-licensed investigational agent of the Company targeting N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonism. Its clinical compound, trigriluzole, is indicated for neurodegenerative diseases and cancer indications, among others. Its pipeline also includes BHV-3000 and BHV-3500, which are in-licensed by the Company for a neurologic indication. It focuses on advancing other mechanistic approaches in orphan and neuroscience indications, and is exploring licenses for additional compounds.

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