Anika Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ANIK) and KalVista Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KALV) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, risk and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.8% of Anika Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.8% of KalVista Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Anika Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 45.3% of KalVista Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Anika Therapeutics has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KalVista Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 2.51, indicating that its share price is 151% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Anika Therapeutics and KalVista Pharmaceuticals’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Anika Therapeutics $104.48 million 6.72 $51.71 million $2.07 23.15
KalVista Pharmaceuticals $1.67 million 42.05 -$16.31 million ($11.34) -0.64

Anika Therapeutics has higher revenue and earnings than KalVista Pharmaceuticals. KalVista Pharmaceuticals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Anika Therapeutics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Anika Therapeutics and KalVista Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anika Therapeutics 29.81% 14.29% 13.23%
KalVista Pharmaceuticals -9,188.51% -64.87% -59.37%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Anika Therapeutics and KalVista Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anika Therapeutics 0 0 0 0 N/A
KalVista Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Anika Therapeutics beats KalVista Pharmaceuticals on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Anika Therapeutics

Anika Therapeutics, Inc. is an orthopedic medicines company. The Company is engaged in developing, manufacturing and commercializing products based on its hyaluronic acid (HA) technology. The Company’s orthopedic medicine portfolio includes ORTHOVISC, MONOVISC, and CINGAL, which alleviate pain and restore joint function by replenishing depleted HA, and HYALOFAST, a solid HA-based scaffold to aid cartilage repair and regeneration. The Company’s therapeutic offerings consist of products in the areas, including Orthobiologics, which includes viscosupplementation and regenerative orthopedic products; Dermal, which includes wound care products; Surgical, which includes products used to prevent post-surgical adhesions, and Other, which includes the Company’s ophthalmic and veterinary products. The Company also offers products made from HA based on two other technologies: HYAFF, which is a solid form of HA, and ACP gel, an autocross-linked polymer of HA.

About KalVista Pharmaceuticals

KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly Carbylan Therapeutics, Inc., is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule protease inhibitors for a range of diseases. The Company has developed a portfolio of small molecule plasma kallikrein inhibitors targeting hereditary angioedema (HAE) and diabetic macular edema (DME). The Company is developing a plasma kallikrein inhibitor, which is administered directly into the eye. The Company is engaged in advancing several product candidates developed from its portfolio into early clinical trials. The Company is progressing additional oral candidates towards regulatory preclinical studies. The Company’s HAE product candidate, KVD818, is an inhibitor of plasma kallikrein. The Company has initiated clinical testing of KVD818 in a Phase I clinical trial. It has completed an open-label single ascending dose Phase I trial in DME patients with KVD001.

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