SCYNEXIS (SCYX) & Pacira Pharmaceuticals (PCRX) Critical Contrast

SCYNEXIS (NASDAQ: SCYX) and Pacira Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PCRX) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for SCYNEXIS and Pacira Pharmaceuticals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SCYNEXIS 0 1 5 0 2.83
Pacira Pharmaceuticals 1 9 9 0 2.42

SCYNEXIS currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 491.72%. Pacira Pharmaceuticals has a consensus price target of $49.25, indicating a potential upside of 31.68%. Given SCYNEXIS’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe SCYNEXIS is more favorable than Pacira Pharmaceuticals.

Volatility & Risk

SCYNEXIS has a beta of 0.04, indicating that its share price is 96% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacira Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.88, indicating that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SCYNEXIS $260,000.00 185.64 -$29.98 million ($0.81) -2.09
Pacira Pharmaceuticals $276.37 million 5.49 -$37.94 million ($1.31) -28.55

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

Profitability

This table compares SCYNEXIS and Pacira Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SCYNEXIS -8,569.46% -64.12% -37.45%
Pacira Pharmaceuticals -18.25% -13.77% -6.34%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

31.0% of SCYNEXIS shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of SCYNEXIS shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of Pacira Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

SCYNEXIS Company Profile

SCYNEXIS, Inc. is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of anti-infectives. The Company is developing its lead product candidate, SCY-078, as an oral and intravenous (IV) drug for the treatment of several fungal infections, including serious invasive fungal infections. SCY-078 is a structurally distinct glucan synthase inhibitor that has been shown to be effective in vitro and in vivo in animal studies against a range of Candida and Aspergillus species, including drug-resistant strains. The Company also conducts additional in vitro and in vivo studies to further characterize the spectrum of activity of SCY-078. The Company has completed multiple Phase I studies with the oral formulation of SCY-078 and is conducting its first Phase I study with the IV formulation of SCY-078. The Company has also developed a platform for cyclophilin inhibitors, which has two clinical stage compounds, such as SCY-635 and SCY-641.

Pacira Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of pharmaceutical products, based on its DepoFoam extended release drug delivery technology, for use primarily in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Its lead product candidate is EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension), which consists of bupivacaine, an amide-type local anesthetic, encapsulated in DepoFoam and is indicated for single-dose infiltration into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia. In addition to EXPAREL, DepoFoam is also the basis for its other Food and Drug Administration-approved commercial product, DepoCyt(e), which it manufactures for its commercial partners, as well as its product candidates. The Company’s other product candidates include DepoMeloxicam (DepoMLX) and DepoTranexamic Acid (DepoTXA). DepoCyt(e) is indicated for the intrathecal treatment of lymphomatous meningitis.

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