Chimerix (NASDAQ:CMRX) & Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AMPH) Financial Review

Chimerix (NASDAQ:CMRXGet Rating) and Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AMPHGet Rating) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Chimerix and Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chimerix 0 0 2 0 3.00
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals 0 1 2 0 2.67

Chimerix presently has a consensus target price of $10.25, suggesting a potential upside of 336.17%. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has a consensus target price of $36.67, suggesting a potential upside of 8.80%. Given Chimerix’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Chimerix is more favorable than Amphastar Pharmaceuticals.

Profitability

This table compares Chimerix and Amphastar Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chimerix -17,994.28% -118.41% -90.18%
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals 17.87% 17.35% 11.69%

Risk and Volatility

Chimerix has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Chimerix and Amphastar Pharmaceuticals’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chimerix $1.98 million 103.78 -$173.24 million ($1.15) -2.04
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals $437.77 million 3.76 $62.12 million $1.61 20.93

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.8% of Chimerix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.8% of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of Chimerix shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 27.8% of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by 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

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals beats Chimerix on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Chimerix (Get Rating)

Chimerix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops medicines to enhance the lives of patients living with serious diseases. The company's approved product is TEMBEXA (brincidofovir), a lipid conjugate through inhibition of viral DNA synthesis that is developed as a medical countermeasure for smallpox. Its clinical stage development programs include ONC201 a program for treating tumors which harbor the H3 K27M mutation in recurrent diffuse midline glioma patients; ONC206, an imipridone, Dopamine Receptor D2 (DRD2) antagonist, and caseinolytic protease P (ClpP) agonist that demonstrated enhanced non-competitive DRD2 antagonism relative to ONC201, which is in Phase I clinical trials to treat solid tumors; ONC212, an imipridone agonist of the orphan G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) tumor suppressor GPR132, as well as ClpP for solid tumors and hematological malignancies, including pancreatic cancer and leukemias; and dociparstat sodium (DSTAT), which inhibits the activities of key proteins implicated in the resistance of acute myeloid leukemia blasts and leukemic stem cells to chemotherapy. The company has license agreements with Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for the development of brincidofovir for use in the treatment of smallpox; Cantex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop and commercialize a glycosaminoglycan compound; and SymBio Pharmaceuticals to develop, manufacture, and commercialize BCV for various human indications. Chimerix, Inc. was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.

About Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (Get Rating)

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a bio-pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells generic and proprietary injectable, inhalation, and intranasal products in the United States, China, and France. The company operates through two segments, Finished Pharmaceutical Products and API. It offers Primatene Mist, an over-the-counter epinephrine inhalation product for the temporary relief of mild symptoms of intermittent asthma; Enoxaparin, a low molecular weight heparin to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis; Naloxone for opioid overdose; Glucagon for injection emergency kit; and Cortrosyn, a lyophilized powder for use as a diagnostic agent in the screening of patients with adrenocortical insufficiency. The company also provides Amphadase, a bovine-sourced hyaluronidase injection to absorb and disperse other injected drugs; Epinephrine injection for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions; lidocaine jelly, an anesthetic product for urological procedures; lidocaine topical solution for various procedures; phytonadione injection, a vitamin K1 injection for newborn babies; emergency syringe products for emergency use in hospital settings; morphine injection for use with patient controlled analgesia pumps; and lorazepam injection for surgery and medical procedures. In addition, it offers neostigmine methylsulfate injection to treat myasthenia gravis and to reverse the effects of muscle relaxants; and Isoproterenol hydrochloride injection for mild or transient episodes of heart block. Further, the company distributes recombinant human insulin active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and porcine insulin API. It serves hospitals, care facilities, alternate care sites, clinics, and doctors' offices. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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