Contrasting Qiagen (QGEN) & Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO)

Qiagen (NYSE:QGEN) and Halozyme Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HALO) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.2% of Qiagen shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.9% of Halozyme Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 9.0% of Qiagen shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of Halozyme Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Qiagen and Halozyme Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qiagen 0 5 5 0 2.50
Halozyme Therapeutics 1 2 5 0 2.50

Qiagen presently has a consensus target price of $40.40, indicating a potential upside of 13.36%. Halozyme Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $22.50, indicating a potential upside of 28.28%. Given Halozyme Therapeutics’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Halozyme Therapeutics is more favorable than Qiagen.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Qiagen and Halozyme Therapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qiagen $1.42 billion 5.74 $40.39 million $1.27 28.06
Halozyme Therapeutics $316.61 million 7.99 $62.97 million $0.45 38.98

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

Risk and Volatility

Qiagen has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Halozyme Therapeutics has a beta of 1.81, suggesting that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Qiagen and Halozyme Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qiagen 5.26% 12.22% 6.07%
Halozyme Therapeutics 23.88% 38.10% 16.52%

Summary

Halozyme Therapeutics beats Qiagen on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Qiagen Company Profile

QIAGEN N.V. provides sample to insight solutions that transform biological materials into molecular insights worldwide. The company offers sample technologies for plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) purification, ribonucleic acid purification and stabilization, genomic and viral nucleic acid purification, DNA cleanup after polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing, target enrichment, and library preparation for sequencing applications; and assay technology solutions. It also provides Ingenuity Variant Analysis, a cloud-based platform that interprets data from next-generation sequencing (NGS) analysis; QIAGEN Clinical Insight, an evidence-based decision support solution; CLC Genomics Workbench for the analysis and visualization of data from various NGS platforms; and GeneGlobe, a Web-based portal that enables researchers to search and select gene-and pathway-specific solutions from pre-designed and custom PCR assay kits, NGS assay panels, and other products. In addition, the company offers instrumentation systems for laboratories. Its automation platforms include QIAsymphony, a modular system; GeneReader NGS System, a sample to insight NGS solution for laboratories to deliver actionable results; QIAcube robotic workstations, which provides versatile solutions for automated sample processing; QIAxcel for nucleic acid separation; QIAgility, a benchtop instrument for PCR setup; and ESEQuant instruments that enable optical measurement for point of need molecular testing in physician practices, emergency rooms, remote areas, and other applications. It serves molecular diagnostics, applied testing, pharma, and academia customers. QIAGEN N.V. has a collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb to develop gene expression profiles for immuno-oncology therapies. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Venlo, the Netherlands.

Halozyme Therapeutics Company Profile

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company, researches, develops, and commercializes human enzymes and other drug candidates in the United States, Switzerland, and internationally. The company's human enzymes are used to facilitate the delivery of injected drugs and fluids, enhancing the efficacy and the convenience of other drugs or can be used to alter tissue structures for clinical benefit. Its products are based on the Enhanze technology, a patented recombinant human hyaluronidase enzyme (rHuPH20) that enables the subcutaneous delivery of injectable biologics, such as monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic molecules, as well as small molecules and fluids. The company's pipeline include Hylenex recombinant, a formulation of rHuPH20 to facilitate subcutaneous fluid administration for achieving hydration; to enhance the dispersion and absorption of other injected drugs; in subcutaneous urography; and to enhance resorption of radiopaque agents. It also develops PEGylated recombinant human hyaluronidase for the treatment of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer, gastric cancer, metastatic breast cancer, and cholangiocarcinoma and gall bladder cancer. In addition, the company develops PEGylated adenosine deaminase 2, an immune checkpoint inhibitor that targets adenosine. It has collaborations with F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.; Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.; Baxalta US Inc.; Baxalta GmbH; Pfizer Inc.; Janssen Biotech, Inc.; AbbVie, Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; and Alexion Pharma Holding. Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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