Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (ARWR) vs. Genprex (GNPX) Head to Head Analysis

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARWR) and Genprex (NASDAQ:GNPX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals and Genprex, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals 0 0 6 0 3.00
Genprex 0 1 1 0 2.50

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus price target of $23.86, indicating a potential upside of 28.30%. Genprex has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 123.46%. Given Genprex’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Genprex is more favorable than Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals.

Profitability

This table compares Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals and Genprex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals 10.09% 6.72% 4.25%
Genprex N/A -155.02% -143.06%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.5% of Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.0% of Genprex shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.0% of Genprex shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals and Genprex’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals $16.14 million 109.27 -$54.45 million ($0.65) -28.62
Genprex N/A N/A -$12.37 million ($0.90) -1.99

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

Summary

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals beats Genprex on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. develops medicines for the treatment of intractable diseases in the United States. The company's pipeline include ARO-AAT, a RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutic candidate for the treatment of liver diseases associated with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency; ARO-APOC3 to treat hypertriglyceridemia; ARO-ANG3 to reduce production of angiopoietin-like protein 3; ARO-ENaC to reduce production of the epithelial sodium channel alpha subunit in the airways of the lung; and ARO-HIF2 for the treatment of clear cell renal cell carcinoma. It is also involved in the development of ARO-HBV, a third-generation subcutaneously administered RNAi therapeutic candidate to treat chronic hepatitis B virus infection; AMG 890 to reduce production of apolipoprotein A; and ARO-AMG1 for treating undisclosed genetically-validated cardiovascular target. Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has collaboration and license agreement with Amgen, Inc.; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop RNAi therapeutics. The company was formerly known as Arrowhead Research Corporation and changed its name to Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in April 2016. Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was incorporated in 1989 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.

About Genprex

Genprex, Inc. operates as a clinical-stage gene therapy company. It engages in developing a new approach for treating cancer based on its novel proprietary technology platform, including initial product candidate, Oncoprex immunogene therapy. Oncoprex, which has a multimodal mechanism of action whereby it interrupts cell signaling pathways that cause replication and proliferation of cancer cells, re-establishes pathways for apoptosis in cancer cells, and modulates the immune response against cancer cells. Genprex, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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