Grifols, (NASDAQ: GRFS) and Soligenix (NASDAQ:SNGX) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Dividends

Grifols, pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share. Soligenix does not pay a dividend. Grifols, pays out 31.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Grifols, has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Soligenix has a beta of 2.12, meaning that its stock price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.9% of Grifols, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.0% of Soligenix shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Soligenix shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Grifols, and Soligenix’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grifols, $4,482.12 0.00 $603.60 $0.90 N/A
Soligenix $10.45 1.62 -$3.24 ($1.36) -1.43

Grifols, has higher revenue and earnings than Soligenix. Soligenix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Grifols,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Grifols, and Soligenix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grifols, 13.04% 17.96% 6.32%
Soligenix -86.15% -129.88% -74.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Grifols, and Soligenix, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grifols, 1 1 3 0 2.40
Soligenix 0 0 2 0 3.00

Summary

Grifols, beats Soligenix on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Grifols, Company Profile

Grifols, S.A., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and distributes biological medicines on plasma derived proteins in the United States, Canada, Spain, rest of the European Union, and internationally. The company specializes in providing infusion solutions, nutrition products, and medical devices for use in hospitals and clinics. It operates through four segments: Bioscience, Diagnostic, Hospital, and Raw Materials and Others. The Bioscience segment manufactures plasma derivatives for therapeutic use, including the reception, analysis, quarantine, classification, fractionation, and purification of plasma; and sells and distributes end products. This segment offers plasma products, such as IVIG, Factor VIII, A1PI, and albumin; and intramuscular immunoglobulins, ATIII, Factor IX, and plasma thromboplastin components. The Diagnostic segment focuses on researching, developing, manufacturing, and marketing in vitro diagnostics products comprising analytical instruments, reagents, software, and related products for use in clinical and blood bank laboratories. This segment serves blood donation centers, clinical analysis laboratories, and hospital immunohematology services. The Hospital segment manufactures and installs products used by hospitals consisting of parenteral solutions, and enteral and parenteral nutritional fluids. The Raw Materials and Others segment sells intermediate biological products; and renders manufacturing services to third party companies. The company also offers engineering services. Its products and services are used by healthcare providers to diagnose and treat patients with hemophilia, immune deficiencies, infectious diseases, and other medical conditions. The company serves hospitals and clinics, group purchasing organizations, governments, and other distributors through sales representatives, marketing partners, and third-party distributors. Grifols, S.A. was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

Soligenix Company Profile

Soligenix, Inc. is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases. The Company operates through two segments: BioTherapeutics and Vaccines/BioDefense. Its BioTherapeutics segment is developing a photodynamic therapy (SGX301) utilizing topical synthetic hypericin activated with safe visible light for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), formulations of oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate (BDP) for the prevention/treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders characterized by severe inflammation, and its innate defense regulator (IDR) technology, dusquetide (SGX942) for the treatment of oral mucositis in head and neck cancer. Its Vaccines/BioDefense business segment includes active development programs for RiVax, its ricin toxin vaccine candidate, OrbeShield, its GI acute radiation syndrome (GI ARS) therapeutic candidate, and SGX943, its melioidosis therapeutic candidate.

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