Ocera Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OCRX) and Baxalta (NYSE:BXLT) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ocera Therapeutics and Baxalta’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ocera Therapeutics $550,000.00 46.27 -$24.06 million ($1.05) -0.91
Baxalta N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Baxalta has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ocera Therapeutics.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Ocera Therapeutics and Baxalta, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ocera Therapeutics 0 2 3 0 2.60
Baxalta 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ocera Therapeutics currently has a consensus price target of $4.50, indicating a potential upside of 368.75%. Given Ocera Therapeutics’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ocera Therapeutics is more favorable than Baxalta.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.3% of Ocera Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Ocera Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ocera Therapeutics and Baxalta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ocera Therapeutics -4,416.26% -175.02% -89.76%
Baxalta 9.37% 14.28% 4.62%

Summary

Ocera Therapeutics beats Baxalta on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ocera Therapeutics

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on acute and chronic orphan liver diseases. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of its clinical candidate, OCR-002, for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). OCR-002 is a molecule, ornithine phenylacetate, which functions as an ammonia scavenger. It is conducting a randomized, placebo-controlled double blind Phase IIb clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous administration of OCR-002 IV formulation in reducing the severity of HE symptoms among HE patients. The Company also conducted a Phase IIa investigator-sponsored trial of OCR-002 in Spain in patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding associated with liver cirrhosis. It is developing an oral form of OCR-002 to provide continuity of care for HE patients, where the intravenous form is used for hospital-based acute care and the oral form for chronic maintenance care post discharge.

About Baxalta

Baxalta Incorporated (Baxalta) is a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of differentiated therapies that seek to address medical needs across various disease areas, including hemophilia, immunology and oncology. Baxalta’s categories of products include Hemophilia products, such as Advate, Adynovate, Recombinate, Hemofil M, Immunate, Immunine, Rixubis and Prothromplex Total; Inhibitor Therapies products, including FEIBA and OBIZUR; Immunoglobulin Therapies products, which include GAMMAGARD LIQUID/KIOVIG, HYQVIA, GAMMAGARD S/D and SUBCUVIA; BioTherapeutics products, including FLEXBUMIN, BUMINATE, ARALAST NP, GLASSIA NP and CEPROTIN, and Oncology product, such as ONCASPAR. Baxalta Company develops, manufactures and markets a portfolio of treatments for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, immune deficiencies, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, burns and shock, and other chronic and acute medical conditions, as well as oncology treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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