Intrexon (NYSE: XON) is one of 184 publicly-traded companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Intrexon to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Intrexon and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intrexon -66.88% -18.68% -11.34%
Intrexon Competitors -3,403.77% -548.27% -40.44%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intrexon and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Intrexon $190.93 million -$186.61 million -11.95
Intrexon Competitors $217.29 million -$39.39 million -54.23

Intrexon’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Intrexon. Intrexon is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.5% of Intrexon shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.3% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 56.3% of Intrexon shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held 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.

Volatility & Risk

Intrexon has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intrexon’s peers have a beta of 1.53, suggesting that their average stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Intrexon and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intrexon 0 1 5 0 2.83
Intrexon Competitors 535 2357 6428 124 2.65

Intrexon currently has a consensus price target of $38.50, indicating a potential upside of 187.57%. As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 17.80%. Given Intrexon’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Intrexon is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Intrexon beats its peers on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Intrexon Company Profile

Intrexon Corporation (Intrexon) forms collaborations to create biologically-based products and processes using synthetic biology. The Company’s domestic operations are in California, Florida, Maryland, and Virginia, and its primary international operations are in Belgium and Hungary. The Company designs, builds and regulates gene programs, which are deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences that consist of genetic components. The Company’s synthetic biology capabilities include the ability to control the amount, location and modification of biological molecules to control the function and output of living cells and optimize for desired results at an industrial scale. The Company’s technologies include UltraVector gene design and fabrication platform, and its associated library of modular DNA components; Cell Systems Informatics; RheoSwitch inducible gene switch; AttSite Recombinases; Protein Engineering; Laser-Enabled Analysis and Processing (LEAP), and ActoBiotics platform.

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