Juniper Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: JNP) and Marinus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MRNS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

36.4% of Juniper Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.8% of Marinus Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of Juniper Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Marinus Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Juniper Pharmaceuticals and Marinus Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Juniper Pharmaceuticals 10.80% 17.32% 11.65%
Marinus Pharmaceuticals N/A -67.76% -55.65%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Juniper Pharmaceuticals and Marinus Pharmaceuticals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Juniper Pharmaceuticals $54.57 million 1.00 $5.95 million $0.59 8.56
Marinus Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -$28.64 million ($0.93) -9.29

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

Risk & Volatility

Juniper Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.03, suggesting that its stock price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marinus Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 2.44, suggesting that its stock price is 144% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Juniper Pharmaceuticals and Marinus Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Juniper Pharmaceuticals 0 1 2 0 2.67
Marinus Pharmaceuticals 0 0 1 0 3.00

Juniper Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 355.45%. Marinus Pharmaceuticals has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.31%. Given Juniper Pharmaceuticals’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Juniper Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Marinus Pharmaceuticals.

Summary

Juniper Pharmaceuticals beats Marinus Pharmaceuticals on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Juniper Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a women’s health therapeutics company. The Company is focused on developing therapeutics that address unmet medical needs in women’s health. It operates in two segments: product and service. The product segment is engaged in manufacturing and supplying CRINONE, the Company’s commercialized product. The service segment includes product development, clinical trial manufacturing, and advanced analytical and consulting services, as well as characterizing and developing its pharmaceutical product candidates. The Company’s pipeline of proprietary products includes JNP-0101, JNP-0201 and JNP-0301. JNP-0101 is developed to deliver oxybutynin for the treatment of overactive bladder in women. JNP-0201 is being designed to deliver natural hormones locally to vaginal tissue. JNP-0301 is being developed for the prevention of pre-term birth in women with a short cervical length. CRINONE is developed as a progesterone gel.

Marinus Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing therapeutics to treat epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders. Its clinical-stage product candidate, ganaxolone, is a modulator being developed in various dose forms, including intravenous, oral capsule and oral liquid, intended to provide more treatment options to adult and pediatric patient populations in both acute and chronic care settings. Ganaxolone acts on the GABAA receptor, a target in the brain known for both anti seizure and anti anxiety effects through positive allosteric modulation. The Company is developing ganaxolone for multiple epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric indications, including adjunctive, or add-on, therapy for the treatment of drug-resistant focal onset seizures; status epilepticus; Fragile X Syndrome, and PCDH19 pediatric epilepsy.

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