NephroGenex (OTCMKTS: NRXGQ) and Allergan (NYSE:AGN) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.3% of Allergan shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Allergan shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NephroGenex and Allergan’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NephroGenex N/A N/A N/A ($2.32) 0.00
Allergan $14.57 billion 3.75 $14.97 billion ($22.59) -7.27

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


Allergan pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. NephroGenex does not pay a dividend. Allergan pays out -12.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for NephroGenex and Allergan, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NephroGenex 0 0 1 0 3.00
Allergan 0 6 12 0 2.67

NephroGenex presently has a consensus price target of $17.50, indicating a potential upside of 624,900.00%. Allergan has a consensus price target of $242.31, indicating a potential upside of 47.50%. Given NephroGenex’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe NephroGenex is more favorable than Allergan.


This table compares NephroGenex and Allergan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NephroGenex N/A -211.97% -105.90%
Allergan -47.27% 8.00% 4.45%

Volatility and Risk

NephroGenex has a beta of -0.98, meaning that its share price is 198% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allergan has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Allergan beats NephroGenex on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

NephroGenex Company Profile

NephroGenex, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development of therapeutics to treat kidney disease. The Company has paused the clinical program of its product candidate, oral Pyridorin, for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy. The Company was primarily focused on the Phase III Pyridorin program, and other planned clinical and nonclinical studies and other work needed to submit Pyridorin for acute kidney injury (AKI), as well as the treatment of diabetic nephropathy in patients with Type II diabetes for regulatory approval in the United States and Europe. The Company has not generated any revenues.

Allergan Company Profile

Allergan, Inc. is a multi-specialty healthcare company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter (OTC) products. It discovers, develops and commercializes a range of products for the ophthalmic, neurological, medical aesthetics, medical dermatology, breast aesthetics, urological and other specialty markets. The Company operates in two segments: specialty pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The specialty pharmaceuticals segment produces products, including ophthalmic products for dry eye, glaucoma, inflammation, infection, allergy and retinal disease; Botox for therapeutic and aesthetic indications; skin care products for acne, psoriasis, eyelash growth and prescription and OTC skin care products, and urologics products. The medical devices segment produces medical devices, including breast implants for augmentation, revision and reconstructive surgery and tissue expanders, and facial aesthetics products.

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