Cesca Therapeutics (NASDAQ: KOOL) and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AUXL) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Cesca Therapeutics and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cesca Therapeutics -65.09% -28.32% -18.90%
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals -29.78% -76.75% -11.59%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cesca Therapeutics and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cesca Therapeutics $14.52 million 2.14 -$29.09 million ($0.91) -3.42
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A N/A ($3.27) -11.15

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cesca Therapeutics. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cesca Therapeutics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.0% of Cesca Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Cesca Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Cesca Therapeutics and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cesca Therapeutics 0 1 0 0 2.00
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

Cesca Therapeutics has a beta of -0.86, meaning that its share price is 186% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cesca Therapeutics beats Auxilium Pharmaceuticals on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cesca Therapeutics Company Profile

Cesca Therapeutics Inc. is clinical-stage biotechnology company. The Company develops and markets integrated cellular therapies and delivery systems. The Company is engaged in developing and manufacturing of automated blood and bone marrow processing systems that enable the separation, processing and preservation of cell and tissue therapy products. The Company focuses on the business of research, development and commercialization of autologous cell-based therapeutics for use in the regenerative medicine industry. The Company’s therapeutic development initiatives focuses on the fields of cardiovascular medicine and orthopedic regeneration. The Company offers a range of products, such as SurgWerks System, CellWerks System, AutoXpress System (AXP), MarrowXpress System (MXP), BioArchive System, and manual bag sets for use in the processing and cryogenic storage of cord blood.

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses on developing and marketing products to predominantly specialist audiences. Its core therapeutic focus continues to be in the area of urology, with an anchor position in men’s healthcare. The company’s products include Testim (testosterone gel) and testosterone gel are indicated for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone; TESTOPEL offers men an option that provides a long-acting androgenic effect; Striant (testosterone buccal system) CIII is indicated for replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone; STENDRA is a phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitor indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction; among others.

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