Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is one of 93 public companies in the “Biotechnology” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC 25.69% 22.75% 9.14%
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC Competitors -917.30% -187.05% -24.43%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC $1.54 billion $758.97 million 23.49
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC Competitors $223.74 million $57.84 million -0.73

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC 0 3 16 0 2.84
Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC Competitors 164 544 1200 16 2.56

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC currently has a consensus price target of $182.84, suggesting a potential upside of 20.70%. As a group, “Biotechnology” companies have a potential upside of 122.92%. Given Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.2% of Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.4% of shares of all “Biotechnology” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.1% of shares of all “Biotechnology” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC’s peers have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC beats its peers on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC Company Profile

Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs in neurology and psychiatry. As of December 31, 2009, the Company markets two products: Xyrem (sodium oxybate) for the treatment of both cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy; and Luvox CR (fluvoxamine maleate) for the treatment of both obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. Its marketed products and late-stage product candidate are Xyrem (sodium oxybate) oral solution, Luvox CR (fluvoxamine maleate) Extended-Release Capsules and JZP-6 (sodium oxybate). Its other product candidates in clinical development are oral tablet forms of sodium oxybate; JZP-8 (intranasal clonazepam); JZP-4 (elpetrigine), and JZP-7 (ropinirole gel).

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