Oncobiologics (NYSE: ONS) and Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT) are both small-cap healthcare 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 profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares Oncobiologics and Editas Medicine’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oncobiologics -2,653.82% N/A -170.25%
Editas Medicine -1,864.00% -63.29% -39.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Oncobiologics and Editas Medicine, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oncobiologics 0 1 1 0 2.50
Editas Medicine 0 4 3 0 2.43

Oncobiologics currently has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 817.43%. Editas Medicine has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 50.46%. Given Oncobiologics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Oncobiologics is more favorable than Editas Medicine.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Oncobiologics and Editas Medicine’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oncobiologics $1.60 million 14.99 -$55.68 million N/A N/A
Editas Medicine $5.93 million 127.82 -$108.33 million ($3.08) -6.04

Oncobiologics has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Editas Medicine.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.9% of Editas Medicine shares are held by institutional investors. 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.

Summary

Editas Medicine beats Oncobiologics on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Oncobiologics

Oncobiologics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on identifying, developing, manufacturing and commercializing biosimilar therapeutics. It is focused on monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) in the disease areas of immunology and oncology. The Company offers BioSymphony Platform. The Company has identified approximately eight biosimilar product candidates, of which two product candidates are ONS-3010 and ONS-1045. ONS-3010 is an adalimumab (Humira) biosimilar. The Company has initiated Phase III preparatory activities for ONS-3010. Its second product candidate, ONS-1045, is a bevacizumab (Avastin) biosimilar. The Company’s other preclinical product candidate, ONS-1050, a trastuzumab (Herceptin) biosimilar, interferes with the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). ONS-4010 is a biosimilar to denosumab (Prolia/Xgeva), which is a human mAb. Its other biosimilar product, ONS-1055, is a biosimilar to cetuximab (Erbitux).

About Editas Medicine

Editas Medicine, Inc. is a genome editing company. It is engaged in treating patients with genetically defined diseases by correcting their disease-causing genes. It operates through developing and commercializing genome editing technology segment. It is developing a genome editing platform based on clustered, regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) technology. CRISPR uses a protein-ribonucleic acid (RNA) complex composed of an enzyme, including either CRISPR associated protein 9 (Cas9) or CRISPR from Prevotella and Francisella 1 (Cpf1), bound to a guide RNA molecule designed to recognize a particular deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequence. Its platform consists of four components: nuclease engineering, delivery, control and specificity, and directed editing. Its programs include Eye Diseases, Engineered T Cell Therapies for Immuno-Oncology and additional research programs. It is developing a genome editing therapeutic for Leber Congenital Amaurosis type 10 (LCA10).

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