Flex Pharma (NASDAQ: FLKS) and Urogen Pharma (NASDAQ:URGN) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Flex Pharma and Urogen Pharma, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flex Pharma 0 1 3 0 2.75
Urogen Pharma 0 1 4 0 2.80

Flex Pharma presently has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 170.94%. Urogen Pharma has a consensus price target of $41.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.86%. Given Flex Pharma’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Flex Pharma is more favorable than Urogen Pharma.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.1% of Flex Pharma shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.6% of Urogen Pharma shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.4% of Flex Pharma shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Flex Pharma and Urogen Pharma’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flex Pharma -2,655.19% -71.39% -65.49%
Urogen Pharma N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Flex Pharma and Urogen Pharma’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flex Pharma $1.01 million 72.24 -$39.49 million ($2.02) -2.01
Urogen Pharma $17.53 million 30.26 -$1.94 million N/A N/A

Urogen Pharma has higher revenue and earnings than Flex Pharma.

Summary

Urogen Pharma beats Flex Pharma on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Flex Pharma

Flex Pharma, Inc. is a biotechnology company. The Company develops treatments for nocturnal leg cramps, muscle cramps and spasms associated with severe neuromuscular conditions, and exercise associated muscle cramps (EAMCs). The Company’s product candidates activate certain receptors in primary sensory neurons, which then act through neuronal circuits to reduce the repetitive firing, or hyperexcitability, of alpha-motor neurons in the spinal cord, thereby preventing or reducing the frequency and intensity of muscle cramps and spasms. The Company operates through developing and commercializing products for nocturnal leg cramps, muscle cramps, spasms and spasticity associated with severe neuromuscular conditions, and exercise-associated muscle cramps segment. The Company’s lead drug product candidate is FLX-787, which is in the Phase II clinical trial stage. It is developing a consumer brand and products specifically formulated to treat athletes suffering from EAMCs.

About Urogen Pharma

Urogen Pharma Ltd, formerly Theracoat Ltd, is an Israel-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. It is engaged in developing therapies designed to care for urological pathologies. Its lead product candidates include MitoGel and VesiGel. MiroGel is a sustained release formulation of the chemotherapy agent Mitomycin C for the treatment of low-grade upper tract urothelial carcinoma, an urothelial cancer in the upper tract. VesiGel is a sustained release formulation of a high dose Mitomycin C for the treatment of low grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (LG-NMIBC). Its other clinical-stage drug candidates include Vesimune and BotuGel. Vesimune is a formulation of the toll-like receptor7 (TLR7) agonist Imiquimod for local intravesical delivery for the treatment of Carcinoma In-Situ. BotuGel is an intravesical sustained release formulation of botulinum toxin for Overactive Bladder (OAB) and Interstitial Cystitis (IC). Its platform technologies include: RTGel and Immunotherapy.

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