WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) (NYSE: WX) and Voyager Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VYGR) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

36.2% of Voyager Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Voyager Therapeutics shares 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 Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) and Voyager Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) 0 0 0 0 N/A
Voyager Therapeutics 0 1 12 0 2.92

Voyager Therapeutics has a consensus price target of $26.90, indicating a potential upside of 47.96%. Given Voyager Therapeutics’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Voyager Therapeutics is more favorable than WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman).

Profitability

This table compares WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) and Voyager Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) 7.52% 6.93% 4.67%
Voyager Therapeutics -1,195.63% -65.50% -44.31%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) and Voyager Therapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A $1.18 38.91
Voyager Therapeutics $14.22 million 40.21 -$40.19 million ($2.84) -6.40

WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Voyager Therapeutics. Voyager Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Company Profile

WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. is a pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device research and development (R&D) services company, with operations in China and the United States. The Company provides a portfolio of laboratory and manufacturing services throughout the drug and medical device R&D process to its customers. It conducts its operations in two segments: Laboratory services and Manufacturing services. The Company offers Laboratory services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. It offers Manufacturing services, which include the development of manufacturing processes and the production of advanced intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for use by pharmaceutical companies in preclinical and clinical trials of small-molecule products and in commercial products, as well as the production of biologic products.

Voyager Therapeutics Company Profile

Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage gene therapy company. The Company focuses on developing treatments for patients suffering from severe diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). The Company’s pipeline consists of programs for CNS indications, including advanced Parkinson’s disease; a monogenic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Huntington’s disease; Friedreich’s ataxia; frontotemporal dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, and severe chronic pain. The Company’s clinical candidate, VY-AADC01, is an adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy product candidate, for the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease. VY-AADC01 consists of the AAV2 capsid, which has been used in multiple AAV gene therapy clinical trials for various diseases, and the cytomegalovirus promoter that drives expression of the aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) transgene. Its pipeline also includes VY-SOD101, VY-FXN01, VY-HTT01, VY-TAU01 and VY-NAV01.

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