Head to Head Review: Lantheus (LNTH) & Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX)

Lantheus (NASDAQ: CLDX) and Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lantheus and Celldex Therapeutics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lantheus $331.38 million 1.55 $123.38 million $1.00 13.45
Celldex Therapeutics $12.74 million 5.38 -$93.03 million ($0.80) -0.53

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Lantheus and Celldex Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lantheus 0 1 2 0 2.67
Celldex Therapeutics 0 4 2 0 2.33

Lantheus currently has a consensus target price of $22.67, indicating a potential upside of 68.53%. Celldex Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $4.50, indicating a potential upside of 966.35%. Given Celldex Therapeutics’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Celldex Therapeutics is more favorable than Lantheus.

Volatility and Risk

Lantheus has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celldex Therapeutics has a beta of 2.36, indicating that its stock price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Lantheus and Celldex Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lantheus 37.53% 560.19% 9.05%
Celldex Therapeutics -1,159.26% -47.40% -33.86%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.2% of Lantheus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.9% of Celldex Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Lantheus shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Celldex Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Lantheus beats Celldex Therapeutics on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lantheus

Lantheus Holdings, Inc. develops, manufactures, and commercializes diagnostic medical imaging agents and products that assist clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and other diseases worldwide. Its principal products include DEFINITY, an ultrasound contrast agent used in ultrasound exams of the heart; TechneLite, a technetium generator that provides the essential nuclear material used in nuclear medicine procedures; and Xenon, a radiopharmaceutical gas used to assess pulmonary function and imaging cerebral blood flow. The company also offers Neurolite, an injectable that is used to identify the area in the brain where blood flow has been blocked or reduced due to stroke; and Cardiolite, an injectable technetium-labeled imaging agent used in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) procedures that assess blood flow distribution to the heart. In addition, it provides injectable radiopharmaceutical imaging agents, such as Thallium Tl 201 that is used in MPI studies to detect cardiovascular disease; Gallium Ga 67, which is used to detect various infections and cancerous tumors; FDG, a fluorine-18-radiolabeled imaging agent to identify and characterize tumors in patients undergoing oncologic diagnostic procedures; and Quadramet, a therapeutic product, which is used to treat severe bone pain associated with metastatic bone lesions. Further, the company is developing Flurpiridaz F 18, which is in Phase III clinical trials to assess blood flow to the heart; LMI 1195 that has completed Phase I clinical trials for assessing cardiac sympathetic nerve function; and LMI 1174, which is in pre-clinical development targeted to elastin in the arterial walls and atherosclerotic plaque. The company sells its products to hospitals, clinics, group practices, integrated delivery networks, group purchasing organizations, and radiopharmacies. Lantheus Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts.

About Celldex Therapeutics

Celldex Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of various immunotherapy technologies and other cancer-targeting biologics. Its drug candidates include glembatumumab vedotin, an antibody-drug that is in Phase IIb study for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer and a Phase II study for the treatment of metastatic melanoma; Varlilumab, an immune modulating antibody that is in a Phase 1 study designed to enhance a patient's immune response against cancer; and CDX-3379, a human monoclonal antibody that is in Phase II study in combination with cetuximab for the treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The company also develops earlier stage drug candidates that are in clinical development, including CDX-014, an antibody-drug conjugate targeting renal and ovarian cancers; CDX-1140, a human monoclonal antibody; CDX-301, an immune cell mobilizing agent and dendritic cell growth factor; and CDX-1401, an immunotherapeutic aimed at antigen presenting cells for cancer indications. Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. has research collaboration and license agreements with Medarex, Inc.; Rockefeller University; University of Southampton; Amgen Inc.; Amgen Fremont; Seattle Genetics, Inc.; Yale University; and MedImmune, LLC. The company is headquartered in Hampton, New Jersey.

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