Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX) and Aligos Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ALGS) Critical Review

Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX) and Aligos Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ALGS) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Novavax and Aligos Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Novavax 0 2 4 0 2.67
Aligos Therapeutics 0 0 5 0 3.00

Novavax currently has a consensus target price of $249.60, indicating a potential upside of 8.39%. Aligos Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $33.40, indicating a potential upside of 115.48%. Given Aligos Therapeutics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aligos Therapeutics is more favorable than Novavax.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

52.5% of Novavax shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.4% of Aligos Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Novavax shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.1% of Aligos Therapeutics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Novavax and Aligos Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Novavax $475.60 million 36.07 -$418.26 million ($7.27) -31.68
Aligos Therapeutics N/A N/A -$108.54 million ($10.87) -1.43

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

Profitability

This table compares Novavax and Aligos Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Novavax -80.37% -150.88% -48.19%
Aligos Therapeutics N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Aligos Therapeutics beats Novavax on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Novavax Company Profile

Novavax, Inc. focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases. It provides vaccines for COVID-19, seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus, Ebola, and Middle East respiratory syndrome. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD.

Aligos Therapeutics Company Profile

Aligos Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses to develop novel therapeutics to address unmet medical needs in viral and liver diseases. Its lead drug candidate is ALG-010133, a synthetic oligonucleotide that is in Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B (CHB); and ALG-000184, a capsid assembly modulator, which is in Phase I clinical trials to treat CHB. The company is also developing ALG-020572, an antisense oligonucleotide to decrease HBsAg levels; and ALG-055009, a small molecule THR-Ã agonist for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. In addition, it is developing siRNA drug candidate, ALG-125755, as well as ALG-125097 and ALG-125819, demonstrated potent inhibition of HBsAg release from HBV-infected cells. The company has entered into license and collaboration agreements with Luxna Biotech Co., Ltd. to develop and commercialize products containing oligonucleotides targeting SARS-CoV-2; and research, licensing, and commercialization agreement with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven to develop coronavirus protease inhibitors. Aligos Therapeutics, Inc. was incorporated in 2018 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

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