Editas Medicine (NASDAQ: EDIT) and PAREXEL International (NASDAQ:PRXL) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.5% of Editas Medicine shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.5% of PAREXEL International shares are held by institutional investors. 19.4% of Editas Medicine shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of PAREXEL International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Editas Medicine -1,127.03% -70.19% -37.08%
PAREXEL International 4.62% 19.95% 5.29%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Editas Medicine and PAREXEL International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Editas Medicine 0 4 5 0 2.56
PAREXEL International 0 4 2 0 2.33

Editas Medicine presently has a consensus target price of $32.60, indicating a potential downside of 3.24%. PAREXEL International has a consensus target price of $82.52, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given PAREXEL International’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PAREXEL International is more favorable than Editas Medicine.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Editas Medicine $6.05 million 252.59 -$97.18 million ($3.24) -10.40
PAREXEL International N/A N/A N/A $2.05 N/A

PAREXEL International has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Editas Medicine. Editas Medicine is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PAREXEL International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


PAREXEL International beats Editas Medicine on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

About PAREXEL International

PAREXEL International Corporation (PAREXEL) is a biopharmaceutical outsourcing services company. The Company provides a range of expertise in clinical research, clinical logistics, medical communications, consulting, commercialization, and technology products and services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Its segments include Clinical Research Services (CRS), PAREXEL Consulting Services (PC) and PAREXEL Informatics (PI). The CRS segment includes various phases of clinical research from first-in-man trials, where a medicinal entity is tested on human subjects for the first time, through post-marketing studies, following approval by the presiding regulatory body. The PC segment provides technical expertise and advice in areas, such as strategy, drug development, regulatory affairs, strategic compliance and targeted communications services in support of product launch. The Company’s PI segment provides information technology solutions.

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