Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Salix Pharmaceuticals to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.0% of shares of all “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.5% of shares of all “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds 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 Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Salix Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -26.55
Salix Pharmaceuticals Competitors $3.02 billion $642.98 million -22.38

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.

Risk & Volatility

Salix Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Salix Pharmaceuticals’ peers have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Salix Pharmaceuticals and its peers, as provided 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 72 343 998 29 2.68

As a group, “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies have a potential upside of 20.01%. Given Salix Pharmaceuticals’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly 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 -547.39% -39.23% -21.46%

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.

Receive News & Ratings for Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.