AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) and Check-Cap (NASDAQ:CHEK) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for AbbVie and Check-Cap, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AbbVie 0 6 6 0 2.50
Check-Cap 0 0 3 0 3.00

AbbVie currently has a consensus price target of $77.91, indicating a potential downside of 8.71%. Check-Cap has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 235.20%. Given Check-Cap’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Check-Cap is more favorable than AbbVie.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.3% of AbbVie shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.3% of Check-Cap shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of AbbVie shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares AbbVie and Check-Cap’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AbbVie 24.77% 150.27% 12.52%
Check-Cap N/A -98.88% -80.97%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AbbVie and Check-Cap’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AbbVie $26.71 billion 5.09 $11.57 billion $4.07 20.97
Check-Cap N/A N/A -$9.62 million ($0.59) -3.03

AbbVie has higher revenue and earnings than Check-Cap. Check-Cap is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AbbVie, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

AbbVie pays an annual dividend of $2.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Check-Cap does not pay a dividend. AbbVie pays out 62.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Check-Cap has increased its dividend for 44 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

AbbVie has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Check-Cap has a beta of -0.37, suggesting that its share price is 137% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AbbVie beats Check-Cap on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AbbVie

AbbVie Inc. (AbbVie) is a research-based biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a range of pharmaceutical products. Its products are focused on treating conditions, such as chronic autoimmune diseases in rheumatology, gastroenterology and dermatology; oncology, including blood cancers; virology, including hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis; metabolic diseases, including thyroid disease and complications associated with cystic fibrosis, and other serious health conditions. It offers products in various categories, including HUMIRA (adalimumab), Oncology products, Virology Products, Additional Virology products, Metabolics/Hormones products, Endocrinology products and other products, which include Duopa and Duodopa (carbidopa and levodopa), Anesthesia products and ZINBRYTA (daclizumab).

About Check-Cap

Check-Cap Ltd. (Check-Cap) is a clinical-stage medical diagnostics company. The Company is engaged in the development of an ingestible imaging capsule that utilizes low-dose X-rays for the detection and imaging of colonic polyps and colorectal cancers, or CRC. The Company’s system consists of main components, such as ingestible scanning capsule; Capsule Positioning System (CPS), a recorder worn on the patient’s back, and a personal computer (PC)-based work station for data reconstruction and image processing. The Company’s scanning capsule will be swallowed and propelled by natural motility through the gastrointestinal tract and excreted naturally with no need for retrieval for data collection. Its scanning capsule employs low-dose X-rays, which allow the system to image the interior lining of the colon even when surrounded by intestinal content. Its capsule transmits information to a receiving device worn on the patient’s body that stores the information for off-line analysis.

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