CytoDyn (NASDAQ: UTHR) and United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for CytoDyn and United Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CytoDyn 0 0 1 0 3.00
United Therapeutics 2 2 2 0 2.00

CytoDyn presently has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 222.58%. United Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $140.83, suggesting a potential upside of 13.65%. Given CytoDyn’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe CytoDyn is more favorable than United Therapeutics.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CytoDyn and United Therapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CytoDyn N/A N/A -$50.14 million ($0.29) -2.14
United Therapeutics $1.73 billion 3.13 $417.90 million $10.89 11.38

United Therapeutics has higher revenue and earnings than CytoDyn. CytoDyn is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than United Therapeutics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of CytoDyn shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.9% of United Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.3% of CytoDyn shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of United Therapeutics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares CytoDyn and United Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CytoDyn N/A N/A -778.12%
United Therapeutics 40.87% 34.42% 25.95%

Volatility & Risk

CytoDyn has a beta of 0.33, indicating that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Therapeutics has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

United Therapeutics beats CytoDyn on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

CytoDyn Company Profile

CytoDyn Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company, focuses on the clinical development and commercialization of humanized monoclonal antibodies for the treatment and prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Its lead product under development for HIV infection include PRO 140, a therapeutic anti-viral agent, which is in Phase IIb treatment substitution trial, Phase IIb extension study, Phase IIb/III pivotal trial, and Phase IIb/III investigative trial for HIV; and Phase II trial for graft-versus-host disease. The company is based in Vancouver, Washington.

United Therapeutics Company Profile

United Therapeutics Corporation, a biotechnology company, develops and commercializes products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening diseases worldwide. The company's commercial products include Remodulin, a continuously-infused formulation of the prostacyclin analogue treprostinil for subcutaneous and intravenous administration to diminish symptoms associated with exercise in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients; Tyvaso, an inhaled formulation of treprostinil to enhace the exercise ability in PAH patients; Orenitram, a tablet dosage form of treprostinil to enhance the exercise capacity in PAH patients; and Adcirca, an oral PDE-5 inhibitor to enhance the exercise ability in PAH patients. It also provides Unituxin for the treatment of pediatric patients with high-risk neuroblastoma who achieve a partial response to prior first-line multiagent multimodality therapy. In addition, the company develops implantable system for Remodulin; and the RemUnity system for delivery of intravenous and subcutaneous Remodulin; esuberaprost, RemoPro, and eNOS gene therapies for PAH; and organ transplantation-related technologies, including regenerative medicines, xenotransplantation, and ex-vivo lung perfusion. United Therapeutics Corporation was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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