Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX) vs. Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) Head-To-Head Analysis

Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX) and Phibro Animal Health (NASDAQ:PAHC) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Viking Therapeutics and Phibro Animal Health, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Viking Therapeutics 0 0 9 1 3.10
Phibro Animal Health 2 1 0 0 1.33

Viking Therapeutics presently has a consensus price target of $22.54, suggesting a potential upside of 155.56%. Phibro Animal Health has a consensus price target of $40.33, suggesting a potential upside of 20.98%. Given Viking Therapeutics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Viking Therapeutics is more favorable than Phibro Animal Health.

Volatility & Risk

Viking Therapeutics has a beta of 2.75, indicating that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Phibro Animal Health has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Viking Therapeutics and Phibro Animal Health’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Viking Therapeutics N/A N/A -$22.06 million ($0.40) -22.05
Phibro Animal Health $820.00 million 1.64 $64.88 million $1.74 19.16

Phibro Animal Health has higher revenue and earnings than Viking Therapeutics. Viking Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Phibro Animal Health, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.4% of Viking Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.0% of Phibro Animal Health shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Viking Therapeutics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 50.3% of Phibro Animal Health shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Phibro Animal Health pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Viking Therapeutics does not pay a dividend. Phibro Animal Health pays out 27.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Viking Therapeutics and Phibro Animal Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Viking Therapeutics N/A -10.86% -10.60%
Phibro Animal Health 8.69% 36.37% 10.27%

Summary

Phibro Animal Health beats Viking Therapeutics on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Viking Therapeutics

Viking Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of novel therapies for metabolic and endocrine disorders. Its lead drug candidate is VK2809, an orally available tissue and receptor-subtype selective agonist of the thyroid hormone receptor beta, which is in Phase II clinical trials to treat patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. The company's lead drug candidate also includes VK5211, an orally available non-steroidal selective androgen receptor modulator that is in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of patients recovering from non-elective hip fracture surgery. It is also developing VK0612, an orally available Phase IIb-ready drug candidate for type 2 diabetes; and VK0214, an orally available tissue and receptor-subtype selective agonist of the thyroid hormone receptor beta, which is in preclinical stage for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

About Phibro Animal Health

Phibro Animal Health Corporation operates as a diversified animal health and mineral nutrition company primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Animal Health, Mineral Nutrition, and Performance Products. The company develops, manufactures, and markets products for a range of food animals, including poultry, swine, beef and dairy cattle, and aquaculture. Its animal health products also comprise antibacterials that are biological or chemical products used in the animal health industry to treat or to prevent diseases; anticoccidials primarily used to prevent and control the disease coccidiosis in poultry and cattle; anthelmintics to treat infestations of parasitic intestinal worms; and anti-bloat treatment products for cattle to control bloat in animals grazing on legume or wheat-pasture. In addition, the company offers nutritional specialty products, which enhance nutrition to help improve health and performance; and vaccines to prevent diseases primarily for the poultry and swine markets. Further, it manufactures and markets formulations and concentrations of trace minerals, such as zinc, manganese, copper, iron, and other compounds; and various specialty ingredients for use in the personal care, industrial chemical, and chemical catalyst industries. The company sells its animal health and mineral nutrition products through local sales offices to integrated poultry, swine, and cattle integrators, as well as through commercial animal feed manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors. It also operates in Israel, Latin America, Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Asia/Pacific. The company was formerly known as Philipp Brothers Chemicals, Inc. and changed its name to Phibro Animal Health Corporation in July 2003. The company is headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey. Phibro Animal Health Corporation is a subsidiary of BFI Co., LLC.

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