Champions Oncology (NASDAQ:CSBR) and Vical (NASDAQ:VICL) Critical Comparison

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Champions Oncology and Vical, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Champions Oncology 0 1 1 0 2.50
Vical 0 2 0 0 2.00

Champions Oncology presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 178.23%. Vical has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 440.54%. Given Vical’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Vical is more favorable than Champions Oncology.

Profitability

This table compares Champions Oncology and Vical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Champions Oncology 0.47% 7.16% 1.25%
Vical -1,002.10% -29.46% -27.85%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Champions Oncology and Vical’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Champions Oncology $27.07 million 2.62 $130,000.00 $0.01 611.00
Vical $1.62 million 10.43 -$16.25 million ($0.81) -0.91

Champions Oncology has higher revenue and earnings than Vical. Vical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Champions Oncology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Champions Oncology has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vical has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

52.7% of Champions Oncology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.8% of Vical shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.3% of Champions Oncology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.6% of Vical shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Champions Oncology beats Vical on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Champions Oncology Company Profile

Champions Oncology, Inc. develops and sells technology solutions and products to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs in the United States. Its Tumorgraft Technology Platform is an approach to personalizing cancer care based upon the implantation of human tumors in immune-deficient mice. The company, through its Tumorgraft Technology Platform, provides Personalized Oncology Solutions (POS) that assist physicians in developing personalized treatment options for cancer patients through tumor specific data obtained from drug panels and related personalized oncology services. The company also offers POS products, including personalized tumor boards that are designed to provide access to oncologists with expertise in particular tumor types; and provides access to gene sequencing that analyzes the genetic makeup of patient's tumor for the purpose of identifying potentially useful drugs. In addition, it offers Translational Oncology Solutions, including a preclinical Tumorgraft platform to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Champions Oncology, Inc. markets its products through Internet, word of mouth, and sales force to patients and physicians. The company was formerly known as Champions Biotechnology, Inc. and changed its name to Champions Oncology, Inc. in April 2011 to reflect its new focus on developing technologies to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs. Champions Oncology, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Vical Company Profile

Vical Incorporated researches and develops biopharmaceutical products based on its DNA delivery technologies for the prevention and treatment of serious or life-threatening diseases. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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