Analyzing Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX) and Argos Therapeutics (ARGS)

Ocera Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OCRX) and Argos Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ARGS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Ocera Therapeutics has a beta of 2.31, meaning that its stock price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Argos Therapeutics has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ocera Therapeutics and Argos Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ocera Therapeutics 0 3 1 0 2.25
Argos Therapeutics 0 3 0 0 2.00

Ocera Therapeutics presently has a consensus price target of $1.92, suggesting a potential upside of 11.43%. Argos Therapeutics has a consensus price target of $4.13, suggesting a potential upside of 2,331.37%. Given Argos Therapeutics’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Argos Therapeutics is more favorable than Ocera Therapeutics.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.7% of Ocera Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.4% of Argos Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 7.2% of Ocera Therapeutics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 28.2% of Argos Therapeutics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ocera Therapeutics and Argos Therapeutics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ocera Therapeutics $610,000.00 74.75 -$26.89 million ($0.97) -1.77
Argos Therapeutics $950,000.00 15.73 -$53.02 million ($1.26) -0.13

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

Profitability

This table compares Ocera Therapeutics and Argos Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ocera Therapeutics N/A -228.93% -103.71%
Argos Therapeutics -13,750.64% -1,532.49% -120.95%

Summary

Ocera Therapeutics beats Argos Therapeutics on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ocera Therapeutics

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on acute and chronic orphan liver diseases. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of its clinical candidate, OCR-002, for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). OCR-002 is a molecule, ornithine phenylacetate, which functions as an ammonia scavenger. It is conducting a randomized, placebo-controlled double blind Phase IIb clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous administration of OCR-002 IV formulation in reducing the severity of HE symptoms among HE patients. The Company also conducted a Phase IIa investigator-sponsored trial of OCR-002 in Spain in patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding associated with liver cirrhosis. It is developing an oral form of OCR-002 to provide continuity of care for HE patients, where the intravenous form is used for hospital-based acute care and the oral form for chronic maintenance care post discharge.

About Argos Therapeutics

Argos Therapeutics, Inc. (Argos) is an immuno-oncology company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of individualized immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases based on its technology platform called Arcelis. The Company’s Arcelis technology platform utilizes biological components from a patient’s own cancer cells or virus to generate individualized immunotherapies. The Company is engaged in the development of AGS-003 for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC), and other cancers. It is conducting a pivotal Phase III clinical trial of AGS-003 plus sunitinib or another targeted therapy for the treatment of newly diagnosed mRCC under a special protocol assessment (SPA). It is engaged in the development of AGS-004 for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It has conducted over three clinical trials of AGS-004, including a Phase IIb clinical trial, Phase IIa clinical trial and Phase I clinical trial.

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