Deciphera Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: DCPH) and Medivation (NASDAQ:MDVN) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

43.9% of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.6% of Medivation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Medivation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Deciphera Pharmaceuticals and Medivation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A
Medivation -195.92% -225.98% -108.55%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Deciphera Pharmaceuticals and Medivation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals 0 0 5 0 3.00
Medivation 0 0 0 0 N/A

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus price target of $43.40, indicating a potential upside of 159.10%. Given Deciphera Pharmaceuticals’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Deciphera Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Medivation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Deciphera Pharmaceuticals and Medivation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -$25.94 million ($3.96) -4.23
Medivation N/A N/A N/A ($1.17) -69.64

Medivation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Deciphera Pharmaceuticals beats Medivation on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is developing drugs to improve the lives of cancer patients. Its drug candidate includes DCC-2618, DCC-3014 and Rebastinib. Its proprietary kinase switch control inhibitor platform, inhibit the activation of kinases. DCC-2618, an orally administered kinase switch control inhibitor, for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), advanced systemic mastocytosis (ASM), gliomas, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), and other solid tumors driven by pan-KIT or PDGFR alpha. DCC-3014 is an orally administered, potent and highly selective inhibitor of colony stimulating factor receptor 1 (CSF1R). Rebastinib is an orally administered, potent and selective inhibitor of the TIE2 immunokinase. Rebastinib binds potently into the switch pocket of TIE2, stabilizing the inhibitory switch and displacing the activation switch to block TIE2 signaling.

About Medivation

Medivation, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of therapies to treat serious diseases for which there are limited treatment options. The Company, in collaboration with Astellas Pharma, Inc. (Astellas), has one commercial product, XTANDI (enzalutamide) capsules (XTANDI). XTANDI has received marketing approval in the United States, Europe and other countries across the world for the treatment of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) and in Japan for the treatment of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). The Company, in collaboration with Astellas, is also conducting investigational studies of enzalutamide in prostate cancer and in advanced breast cancer. It has developed a small molecule inhibitor of the sterol regulatory element-binding protein, or SREBP, pathway which it refers to as MDV4463.

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