Athersys (NASDAQ:ATHX) and Tricida (NASDAQ:TCDA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

19.0% of Athersys shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.3% of Tricida shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.6% of Athersys shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Athersys and Tricida’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Athersys $3.71 million 73.36 -$32.24 million ($0.29) -6.62
Tricida N/A N/A -$41.29 million N/A N/A

Athersys has higher revenue and earnings than Tricida.

Profitability

This table compares Athersys and Tricida’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Athersys -108.83% -58.74% -44.56%
Tricida N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Athersys and Tricida, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Athersys 0 0 1 0 3.00
Tricida 0 2 1 0 2.33

Athersys presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 212.50%. Tricida has a consensus target price of $38.67, indicating a potential upside of 31.97%. Given Athersys’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Athersys is more favorable than Tricida.

Summary

Athersys beats Tricida on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Athersys

Athersys, Inc., a biotechnology company, focuses on the research and development activities in the field of regenerative medicine. Its clinical development programs are focused on treating neurological conditions, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory and immune disorders, and pulmonary and other conditions. The company's lead platform product includes MultiStem cell therapy, an allogeneic stem cell product, which has completed Phase II study for treating patients suffering from moderate and severe ischemic stroke; that is in Phase II clinical study for treating patients with acute myocardial infarction; and, which is in Phase I/II clinical study for treating patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, as well as that has completed Phase I clinical study for patients suffering from leukemia or various other blood-borne cancers. It also develops MultiStem cell therapy to promote tissue repair and healing for animal patients, including those suffering from serious conditions with unmet medical need. The company has license and collaboration agreements with Healios K.K. to develop and commercialize MultiStem cell therapy for ischemic stroke in Japan; RTI Surgical, Inc. to develop and commercialize biologic implants for orthopedic applications in the bone graft substitutes market; the University of Minnesota to develop MultiStem cell therapy platform; and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to provide cell lines expressing well validated drug targets for compound screening and development. Athersys, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

About Tricida

Tricida, Inc., a late-stage pharmaceutical company, focuses on developing therapeutics to address renal, metabolic, and cardiovascular disease. Its lead product candidate, TRC101, a non-absorbed orally-administered polymer drug that is in Phase III clinical trials used to treat metabolic acidosis in patients with chronic kidney disease. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

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