Contrasting NanoViricides (NYSE:NNVC) & Akouos (NASDAQ:AKUS)

NanoViricides (NYSE:NNVCGet Rating) and Akouos (NASDAQ:AKUSGet 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 valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

NanoViricides has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Akouos has a beta of 0.35, suggesting that its share price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.6% of NanoViricides shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.1% of Akouos shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of NanoViricides shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of Akouos shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for NanoViricides and Akouos, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NanoViricides 0 0 0 0 N/A
Akouos 0 0 1 0 3.00

Akouos has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 414.29%. Given Akouos’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Akouos is more favorable than NanoViricides.

Profitability

This table compares NanoViricides and Akouos’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NanoViricides N/A -30.70% -30.16%
Akouos N/A -40.01% -33.97%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NanoViricides and Akouos’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NanoViricides N/A N/A -$8.82 million ($0.74) -2.89
Akouos N/A N/A -$86.67 million ($2.83) -1.24

NanoViricides is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Akouos, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About NanoViricides

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NanoViricides, Inc., a nano-biopharmaceutical research and development company, discovers, develops, and commercializes drugs for the treatment of viral infections. The company develops Human Coronavirus Program for COVID-19 seasonal coronavirus affliction; HerpeCide Dermal Topical and Eye Drops for the treatment of shingles, PHN, chickenpox, herpes, recurrent herpes labialis, genital herpes, and ocular herpes keratitis; and HerpeCide IntraOcular Injection for viral acute retinal necrosis The company also develops FluCide Broad-Spectrum Anti-Influenza nanoviricide, which is injectable for hospitalized patients and oral for outpatients; Nanoviricide eye drops for viral diseases of the external eye; DengueCide for treatment of various types of Dengue viruses; and HIVCide, an escape-resistant anti-HIV nanoviricide. In addition, it develops other nanoviricides drug projects for treatment of different viruses and indications; and HerpeCide program expansion drug projects for different herpes viruses for different indications. NanoViricides, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Shelton, Connecticut.

About Akouos

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Akouos, Inc., a precision genetic medicine company, developing gene therapies to restore, improve, and preserve physiologic hearing for individuals. The company's precision genetic medicine platform incorporates a proprietary adeno-associated viral vector library and a novel delivery approach. Its lead product candidate is AK-OTOF, a gene therapy for the treatment of hearing loss due to mutations in the OTOF gene. The company is also developing AK-CLRN1 for the auditory manifestations of Usher syndrome 3A, or USH3A; and AK-antiVEGF for vestibular schwannoma. In addition, its precision genetic medicine platform addresses hearing loss related to genes needed for supporting cell function. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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