KalVista Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KALV) and Sinovac Biotech (NASDAQ:SVA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares KalVista Pharmaceuticals and Sinovac Biotech’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KalVista Pharmaceuticals $625,000.00 204.05 -$16.21 million N/A N/A
Sinovac Biotech $64.02 million 6.29 -$837,000.00 ($0.08) -88.36

Sinovac Biotech has higher revenue and earnings than KalVista Pharmaceuticals.

Profitability

This table compares KalVista Pharmaceuticals and Sinovac Biotech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KalVista Pharmaceuticals -4,191.47% -60.42% -55.11%
Sinovac Biotech N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.7% of KalVista Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.7% of Sinovac Biotech shares are held by institutional investors. 49.1% of KalVista Pharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for KalVista Pharmaceuticals and Sinovac Biotech, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KalVista Pharmaceuticals 0 0 1 0 3.00
Sinovac Biotech 0 0 0 0 N/A

KalVista Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus target price of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 105.64%. Given KalVista Pharmaceuticals’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe KalVista Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Sinovac Biotech.

KalVista Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

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.

Sinovac Biotech Company Profile

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Sinovac) is a holding company. The Company is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of vaccines that protect against human infectious diseases, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, seasonal influenza, Haemagglutinase5 Neuraminidase1 (H5N1) and Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic influenza and mumps. The Company’s pipeline consists of vaccine candidates in the clinical and pre-clinical development Phases in China. The Company is engaged in the sales, marketing, manufacturing and development of vaccines for infectious disease. The Company develops various products, including Healive, Bilive, Anflu, Panflu Whole Viron Pandemic Influenza Vaccine, Split Viron Pandemic Influenza Vaccine, Panflu.1, RabEnd, Mumps Vaccine, Enterovirus 71 (EV71) Vaccine, Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Rubella Vaccine, Varicella Vaccine and Sabin Inactivated Polio Vaccine.

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