Patheon (NYSE: PTHN) is one of 104 publicly-traded companies in the “Pharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Patheon to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Patheon and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Patheon 5.63% -35.93% 4.18%
Patheon Competitors -2,399.90% -67.88% -7.15%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Patheon and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Patheon $1.87 billion $31.70 million 46.03
Patheon Competitors $8.17 billion $1.09 billion 121.94

Patheon’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Patheon. Patheon is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.8% of Patheon shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.4% of shares of all “Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Patheon shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of shares of all “Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Patheon and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Patheon 0 6 1 0 2.14
Patheon Competitors 863 3782 6756 180 2.54

Patheon currently has a consensus target price of $33.60, indicating a potential downside of 3.95%. As a group, “Pharmaceuticals” companies have a potential upside of 22.80%. Given Patheon’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Patheon has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Patheon competitors beat Patheon on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Patheon Company Profile

Patheon N.V. is a provider of outsourced pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services. The Company’s segments include Drug Product Services (DPS), Pharmaceutical Development Services (PDS) and Drug Substance Services (DSS). The DPS segment is engaged in manufacturing and packaging for approved prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) and nutritional products. The PDS segment provides a range of formulation, production and technical services from the early stages of a product’s development to regulatory approval, as well as for new formulations of approved products for lifecycle extension. The DSS segment provides small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and outsourced manufacturing solutions for large molecule biological API from early development through commercial scale production. It provides an integrated range of API and finished drug product services to its customers, from formulation development to clinical and commercial-scale manufacturing.

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