Comparing NOVOZYMES A/S/S (NVZMY) and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (BCRX)

NOVOZYMES A/S/S (OTCMKTS:NVZMY) and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BCRX) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for NOVOZYMES A/S/S and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NOVOZYMES A/S/S 1 1 2 0 2.25
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals 0 3 6 0 2.67

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals has a consensus target price of $12.50, suggesting a potential upside of 48.28%. Given BioCryst Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than NOVOZYMES A/S/S.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.2% of NOVOZYMES A/S/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.9% of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

NOVOZYMES A/S/S pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals does not pay a dividend. NOVOZYMES A/S/S pays out 28.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares NOVOZYMES A/S/S and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NOVOZYMES A/S/S 22.14% 29.64% 16.60%
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals -490.25% -175.83% -66.71%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NOVOZYMES A/S/S and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NOVOZYMES A/S/S $2.28 billion 6.18 $511.29 million $1.75 27.14
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals $20.65 million 44.98 -$101.25 million ($0.98) -8.60

NOVOZYMES A/S/S has higher revenue and earnings than BioCryst Pharmaceuticals. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NOVOZYMES A/S/S, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

NOVOZYMES A/S/S has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.8, suggesting that its stock price is 80% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About NOVOZYMES A/S/S

Novozymes A/S produces and sells industrial enzymes and microorganisms worldwide. The company offers agriculture solutions, including crop protection, and animal health and nutrition solutions; fermentation, lignecellulosic hydrolysis, liquefaction, process enhancement, and saccharifaction solutions for bioenergy; baking, beverages, dairy, and protein ingredients for the food and beverage industry; and laundry, dishwashing, hand washing, and cleaning solutions for the household care industry. It also provides wastewater solutions, such as additives, biogas production, industrial bio cleaning, compound removal, odor control, and system start-up solutions; and textile solutions comprising bioscouring, bleach clean-up, desizing, denim finishing and abrasion, and biopolishing solutions. In addition, the company offers forest products that include bleach boosting, deinking, fiber modification, effluent control, pitch and stickies control, and starch modification products; and leather solutions, which comprise biopreparation, degreasing, and re-bating. Further, it provides pharmaceutical solutions, including lipases, immobilized lipases, and proteases for biocatalysis; and rtrypsin for cell culture. Novozymes A/S has a strategic collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health for the research and development, production, marketing, and sale of a portfolio of probiotic products. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Bagsvaerd, Denmark.

About BioCryst Pharmaceuticals

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, discovers oral and small-molecule medicines. The company markets peramivir injection, an intravenous neuraminidase inhibitor, for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza under the RAPIVAB, ALPIVAB, RAPIACTA, and PERAMIFLU names; and Mundesine, an oral purine nucleoside phosphorylase inhibitor for peripheral T-cell lymphoma. It is also developing BCX7353, an oral serine protease inhibitor and oral dose formulation that is in Phase III clinical trials to treat hereditary angioedema; BCX9930, an oral factor D inhibitor, which is in Phase I clinical trials for mediated diseases; BCX9250, an oral activin receptor-like kinase-2 inhibitors that is in preclinical trials to treat fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive; and Galidesivir, an RNA dependent-RNA polymerase inhibitor, which is in Phase I clinical trials to treat various RNA viruses, including Marburg, Yellow Fever, Ebola, and Zika. The company has collaborations and in-license relationships with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Seqirus UK Limited; Shionogi & Co., Ltd.; Green Cross Corporation; Mundipharma International Holdings Limited; and The University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Industrial Research, Ltd. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.

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