Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Salix Pharmaceuticals to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Salix Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Salix Pharmaceuticals’ peers have a beta of 1.22, meaning that their average share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Salix Pharmaceuticals and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Salix Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Salix Pharmaceuticals Competitors 67 321 973 27 2.69

As a group, “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies have a potential upside of 24.24%. Given Salix Pharmaceuticals’ peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Salix Pharmaceuticals has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Salix Pharmaceuticals -2,134.34% -305.24% -25.83%
Salix Pharmaceuticals Competitors -540.63% -40.50% -24.65%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.0% of shares of all “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.5% of shares of all “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Salix Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -26.55
Salix Pharmaceuticals Competitors $3.02 billion $642.98 million 76.10

Salix Pharmaceuticals’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Salix Pharmaceuticals. Salix Pharmaceuticals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Salix Pharmaceuticals peers beat Salix Pharmaceuticals on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Salix Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in acquiring, developing and commercializing prescription drugs and medical devices used in the treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. The Company offers over 20 marketed products, such as XIFAXAN550 (rifaximin) tablets, XIFAXAN (rifaximin) tablets, APRISO (mesalamine) extended-release capsules, UCERIS (budesonide MMX) extended release tablets, MOVIPREP, GLUMETZA extended release tablets, RELISTOR subcutaneous injection, UCERIS rectal foam, OSMOPREP tablets, SOLESTA, DEFLUX, FULYZAQ (crofelemer) delayed-release tablets, GIAZO (balsalazide disodium) tablets, CYCLOSET (bromocriptine mesylate) tablets, and FENOGLIDE (fenofibrate) tablets, among others. Its primary product candidates under development include Rifaximin, Methylnaltrexone bromide oral, Ruconest, Rifaximin delayed release or extended intestinal release and Rifaximin soluble solid dispersion (SSD)/next generation.

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