Corcept Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CORT) and Sagent Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SGNT) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Corcept Therapeutics and Sagent Pharmaceuticals’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Corcept Therapeutics $81.32 million 24.91 $8.14 million $0.29 61.21
Sagent Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A ($0.77) -28.26

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.6% of Corcept Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.2% of Corcept Therapeutics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Corcept Therapeutics and Sagent Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Corcept Therapeutics 27.28% 58.17% 41.48%
Sagent Pharmaceuticals -0.72% -0.81% -0.59%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Corcept Therapeutics and Sagent Pharmaceuticals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Corcept Therapeutics 1 0 3 0 2.50
Sagent Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Corcept Therapeutics currently has a consensus target price of $19.25, indicating a potential upside of 8.45%. Given Corcept Therapeutics’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Corcept Therapeutics is more favorable than Sagent Pharmaceuticals.

Summary

Corcept Therapeutics beats Sagent Pharmaceuticals on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Corcept Therapeutics

Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated is a pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of severe metabolic, psychiatric and oncologic disorders. The Company is developing mifepristone, a compound that modulates the effects of cortisol by acting as a competitive antagonist at the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). As of December 31, 2016, it had discovered three structurally distinct series of selective cortisol modulators, all of which share mifepristone’s affinity for GR but, unlike mifepristone, do not bind to the progesterone receptor. It is conducting two clinical trials of its selective cortisol modulator, CORT125134. One trial is investigating CORT125134 as a treatment for patients with Cushing syndrome. The second trial is investigating the combination of CORT125134 and nab-paclitaxel (Celgene Corporation’s Abraxane) to treat patients with solid-tumor cancers.

About Sagent Pharmaceuticals

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty and generic pharmaceutical company. The Company is a provider of pharmaceuticals to the hospital market, which it sells primarily throughout North America. It is focused on developing, manufacturing, sourcing and marketing injectable pharmaceutical products to the hospital market. It operates through two segments: Sagent US, consisting of the Company’s operations in the United States and the Sagent (China) Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. (SCP) manufacturing facility, and Omega, which is focused on the Canadian and international markets. It offers a range of products across anti-infective, oncology and critical care indications in a range of presentations, including single and multi-dose vials, pre-filled ready-to-use syringes and premix bags. Its Sagent US product portfolio includes approximately 60 marketed products that it offers in over 180 presentations, and its Omega segment offers over 50 products.

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