Reviewing Fibrocell Science (FCSC) and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (SNSS)

Fibrocell Science (NASDAQ: FCSC) and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SNSS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Fibrocell Science and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fibrocell Science N/A -640.52% -100.12%
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -125.56%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Fibrocell Science and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fibrocell Science 0 0 3 0 3.00
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals 0 2 2 0 2.50

Fibrocell Science presently has a consensus price target of $5.53, indicating a potential upside of 637.78%. Sunesis Pharmaceuticals has a consensus price target of $4.16, indicating a potential downside of 2.12%. Given Fibrocell Science’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Fibrocell Science is more favorable than Sunesis Pharmaceuticals.

Volatility and Risk

Fibrocell Science has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sunesis Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

31.6% of Fibrocell Science shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.2% of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Fibrocell Science shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.2% of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fibrocell Science and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fibrocell Science $350,000.00 55.50 -$15.29 million ($1.83) -0.41
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals $2.54 million 57.31 -$38.02 million ($1.75) -2.43

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

Summary

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals beats Fibrocell Science on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fibrocell Science Company Profile

Fibrocell Science, Inc. is an autologous cell and gene therapy company. The Company is focused on discovering and developing localized therapies for diseases affecting the skin, connective tissue and joints. Its product candidate, azficel-T, is in development to treat patients suffering from vocal cord scarring that is either idiopathic or age-related. It is investigating the indication in a Phase II clinical trial. Its gene-therapy product candidate, FCX-007, is in pre-clinical development for the treatment of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. Its gene-therapy product candidate, FCX-013, is in pre-clinical development for the treatment of linear scleroderma. Its product, LAVIV (azficel-T), is indicated for the improvement of the appearance of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles in adults. A third gene-therapy program is focused on the treatment of arthritis. Its product, LAVIV (azficel-T), is focused on improving the appearance of nasolabial fold wrinkles in adults.

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on the development and commercialization of its pipeline of oncology therapeutics for the treatment of solid and hematologic cancers. The Company offers QINPREZO (vosaroxin), which is a product candidate for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Vosaroxin is an anticancer quinolone derivative (AQD). The Company’s other kinase inhibitor pipeline include TAK-580, SNS-062 and SNS-229. TAK-580 is an oral, investigative drug selective for pan-Raf kinase inhibition, in patients with relapsed or refractory solid tumors. SNS-062 is a non-covalently binding inhibitor of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK). The Company has completed the pre-clinical studies for SNS-062. SNS-229 and SNS-510 are two PDK1 inhibitors. PDK1 is a kinase and mediator of Phosphoinositide 3-kinase/AKT (PI3K/AKT) signaling, which is a pathway involved in cell growth, differentiation, survival and migration.

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