Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AUXL) and Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Biogen, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Biogen 0 11 12 1 2.58

Biogen has a consensus price target of $327.76, indicating a potential upside of 15.13%. Given Biogen’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Biogen is more favorable than Auxilium Pharmaceuticals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Biogen’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Biogen $11.53 billion 5.24 $6.04 billion $15.95 17.85

Biogen has higher revenue and earnings than Auxilium Pharmaceuticals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.5% of Biogen shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Biogen shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Biogen’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals -29.78% -76.75% -11.59%
Biogen 30.17% 38.17% 20.51%

Summary

Biogen beats Auxilium Pharmaceuticals on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Auxilium Pharmaceuticals

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on developing and marketing products to predominantly specialist audiences. Its core therapeutic focus continues to be in the area of urology, with an anchor position in men’s healthcare. The company’s products include Testim (testosterone gel) and testosterone gel are indicated for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone; TESTOPEL offers men an option that provides a long-acting androgenic effect; Striant (testosterone buccal system) CIII is indicated for replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone; STENDRA is a phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitor indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction; among others.

About Biogen

Biogen Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering therapies to people living with serious neurological, rare and autoimmune diseases. The Company markets products, including TECFIDERA, AVONEX, PLEGRIDY, TYSABRI, ZINBRYTA and FAMPYRA for multiple sclerosis (MS), FUMADERM for the treatment of severe plaque psoriasis and SPINRAZA for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). It also has a collaboration agreement with Genentech, Inc. (Genentech), a member of the Roche Group, with respect to RITUXAN for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and other conditions, GAZYVA indicated for the treatment of CLL and follicular lymphoma, and other anti-CD20 therapies. The Company’s product candidate includes OCREVUS; Biosimilar adalimumab; Aducanumab; E2609; BIIB074; BAN2401; Opicinumab; CIRARA; BIIB061; BIIB054; BIIB067, and BIIB068.

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