Transenterix (NYSE: TRXC) and Antares Pharma (NASDAQ:ATRS) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Transenterix and Antares Pharma’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Transenterix -928.85% -49.16% -33.51%
Antares Pharma -34.27% -41.37% -25.74%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Transenterix and Antares Pharma’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Transenterix $5.05 million 84.42 -$47.82 million N/A N/A
Antares Pharma $53.10 million 5.39 -$15.90 million ($0.12) -15.25

Antares Pharma has higher revenue and earnings than Transenterix.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

36.8% of Antares Pharma shares are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Antares Pharma shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Transenterix and Antares Pharma, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Transenterix 0 0 2 0 3.00
Antares Pharma 0 0 3 1 3.25

Transenterix presently has a consensus price target of $3.38, suggesting a potential upside of 17.60%. Antares Pharma has a consensus price target of $3.95, suggesting a potential upside of 115.85%. Given Antares Pharma’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Antares Pharma is more favorable than Transenterix.

Summary

Antares Pharma beats Transenterix on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Transenterix Company Profile

TransEnterix, Inc. is a medical device company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of ALF-X Surgical Robotic System (the ALF-X System), and SurgiBot System. The Company’s ALF-X System is a multi-port robotic surgery system, which allows multiple robotic arms to control instruments and a camera. The system features advanced technology to enable surgeons with haptic feedback and the ability to move the camera through eye movement. The system replicates laparoscopic motion and integrates three-dimensional high definition (3DHD) vision technology. The ALF-X System also offers responsible economics to hospitals by offering robotic technology with reusable instruments. The SurgiBot System is designed as a single-incision, patient-side robotic-assisted surgery system. The Company also develops and manufactures laparoscopic surgical instruments that are used in abdominal surgery, such as scissors, graspers, clip appliers, and suction and irrigation instruments.

Antares Pharma Company Profile

Antares Pharma, Inc. (Antares) is a specialty pharmaceutical company that focuses on developing and commercializing self-administered parenteral pharmaceutical products and technologies. The Company develops and manufactures pressure-assisted injector devices, with and without needles, which allow patients to self-inject drugs. The Company’s subcutaneous injection technology platforms include VIBEX disposable pressure-assisted auto injectors, Vision reusable needle-free injectors and disposable multi-use pen injectors. The Company operates through drug delivery segment, which includes self-administered parenteral pharmaceutical products and technologies. The Company has developed OTREXUP (methotrexate) injection, which is a single dose, disposable auto injector.

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