Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) and LifeVantage (NASDAQ:LFVN) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and profitability.
This table compares Aquinox Pharmaceuticals and LifeVantage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Aquinox Pharmaceuticals and LifeVantage, as provided by MarketBeat.
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Aquinox Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus price target of $26.33, indicating a potential upside of 1,015.82%. Given Aquinox Pharmaceuticals’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Aquinox Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than LifeVantage.
Volatility & Risk
Aquinox Pharmaceuticals has a beta of -9.09, suggesting that its stock price is 1,009% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LifeVantage has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Aquinox Pharmaceuticals and LifeVantage’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Aquinox Pharmaceuticals||N/A||N/A||-$50.18 million||N/A||N/A|
|LifeVantage||$203.20 million||1.01||$5.76 million||$0.51||28.49|
LifeVantage has higher revenue and earnings than Aquinox Pharmaceuticals.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
77.6% of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.0% of LifeVantage shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of LifeVantage shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
LifeVantage beats Aquinox Pharmaceuticals on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Aquinox Pharmaceuticals
Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company, engages in developing novel therapeutics for chronic urological conditions by inflammation and pain. The company focuses on a library of novel compounds that activate SH2-containing inositol-5'-phosphatase 1 (SHIP1) to develop therapeutics for application in inflammation, inflammatory pain, and blood cancers. Its lead product candidate is Rosiptor (Leadership 301), a small molecule activator of SHIP1 that is in Phase III clinical trials for treatment in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. The company was formerly known as Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc. and changed its name to Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in January 2014. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
LifeVantage Corporation engages in the identification, research, development, and distribution of nutraceutical dietary supplements and skin care products. The company offers Protandim, a scientifically-validated dietary supplement; LifeVantage TrueScience, an anti-aging skin care product; Axio, a line of energy drink mixes; Omega+, a fish oil dietary supplement that combines DHA and EPA Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-7 fatty acids, and Vitamin D3; and PhysIQ, a weight management system, as well as Petandim for Dogs, a companion pet supplement formulated to treat oxidative stress in dogs. It also provides skin care products, including facial cleansers, perfecting lotions, eye serums, anti-aging creams, hand creams, and micro-lift serums; and Hair Care System under the TrueScience brand name. The company sells its products through a direct sales model, as well as a network of independent distributors in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Taiwan. LifeVantage Corporation is headquartered in Sandy, Utah.
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