DARA Biosciences (NASDAQ: DARA) and Supernus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SUPN) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DARA Biosciences and Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DARA Biosciences N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Supernus Pharmaceuticals $252.59 million 9.85 $82.36 million $1.95 25.15

Supernus Pharmaceuticals has higher revenue and earnings than DARA Biosciences.

Profitability

This table compares DARA Biosciences and Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DARA Biosciences -228.42% -145.61% -100.38%
Supernus Pharmaceuticals 41.10% 30.73% 19.48%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for DARA Biosciences and Supernus Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DARA Biosciences 0 0 0 0 N/A
Supernus Pharmaceuticals 0 2 4 0 2.67

Supernus Pharmaceuticals has a consensus target price of $48.17, suggesting a potential downside of 1.80%. Given Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Supernus Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than DARA Biosciences.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.4% of Supernus Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Supernus Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Supernus Pharmaceuticals beats DARA Biosciences on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DARA Biosciences

DARA BioSciences Inc is specialty pharmaceutical company based in the United States. The Company’s primary focus is on the commercialization of oncology treatment and oncology supportive care pharmaceutical products, including Soltamox, an oral solution of tamoxifen citrate; cancer support therapeutics, including Gelclair, indicated for the treatment of oral mucositis and Bionect, for the management of irritation of the skin as well as first and second degree burns, and Three Mission Pharmacal products, including Ferralet 90 (for anemia), Binosto (alendronate sodium effervescent tablet indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis) and Aquoral (for cancer related dry mouth). The Company has a clinical development asset, KRN5500, which is a Phase II product candidate targeted for treating cancer patients with painful treatment-refractory chronic chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. The Company is a subsidiary of Midatech Pharma Plc.

About Supernus Pharmaceuticals

Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products for the treatment of central nervous system diseases. The Company offers Oxtellar XR (extended-release oxcarbazepine) and Trokendi XR (extended-release topiramate), its two treatments for patients with epilepsy. In addition, it is developing multiple product candidates in psychiatry to address unmet medical needs and market opportunities for the treatment of impulsive aggression (IA) and for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is developing SPN-810 (molindone hydrochloride) to treat IA in patients having ADHD. It is developing SPN-812 (viloxazine hydrochloride) as a candidate to treat patients having ADHD. The Company’s neurology portfolio consists of Oxtellar XR and Trokendi XR, which are the first once-daily extended release oxcarbazepine and topiramate products, respectively, indicated for epilepsy in the United States market.

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