Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) vs. Aclaris Therapeutics (ACRS) Financial Survey

Aclaris Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ACRS) and Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aclaris Therapeutics and Celgene, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aclaris Therapeutics 0 0 4 0 3.00
Celgene 0 16 4 0 2.20

Aclaris Therapeutics currently has a consensus target price of $32.33, suggesting a potential upside of 590.88%. Celgene has a consensus target price of $95.31, suggesting a potential upside of 1.62%. Given Aclaris Therapeutics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Aclaris Therapeutics is more favorable than Celgene.

Profitability

This table compares Aclaris Therapeutics and Celgene’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aclaris Therapeutics -999.53% -78.05% -61.79%
Celgene 30.10% 106.69% 17.14%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.8% of Aclaris Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of Celgene shares are held by institutional investors. 14.8% of Aclaris Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Celgene shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aclaris Therapeutics and Celgene’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aclaris Therapeutics $10.09 million 19.14 -$132.74 million ($4.03) -1.16
Celgene $15.28 billion 4.33 $4.05 billion $7.61 12.32

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

Risk & Volatility

Aclaris Therapeutics has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celgene has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Celgene beats Aclaris Therapeutics on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aclaris Therapeutics Company Profile

Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on identifying, developing, and commercializing various therapies for dermatological and immuno-inflammatory diseases in the United States. It operates in two segments, Dermatology Therapeutics and Contract Research. The company offers ESKATA, a formulation of high-concentration hydrogen peroxide topical solution for raised seborrheic keratosis, a common non-malignant skin tumor; and RHOFADE, an oxymetazoline hydrochloride cream. It is also developing A-101, a high-concentration formulation of hydrogen peroxide that is in Phase III clinical trial for common warts; and ATI-501 and ATI-502 Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, which are in Phase II clinical trials for alopecia areata (AA) and other dermatological indications. In addition, the company's products under development include ATI-450 MK-2 pathway oral inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa, cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome, and pyoderma gangrenosum; ATI-1777 JAK1/JAK3 soft topical inhibitor for atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, and alopecia areata; ITK/JAK3 soft topical and oral inhibitors to treat psoriasis and inflammatory diseases; MK-2 pathway oral inhibitor for oncology; and ITK-JAK3 oral gut-restricted inhibitor for ulcerative colitis/Crohn's disease. Further, it provides contract research laboratory services. Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. has a license and collaboration agreement with Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for the development and commercialization of JAK inhibitors. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Celgene Company Profile

Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes therapies for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases worldwide. It offers REVLIMID, an oral immunomodulatory drug for multiple myeloma (MM), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and mantle cell lymphoma; POMALYST/IMNOVID to treat multiple myeloma; OTEZLA, a small-molecule inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 for psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis; and ABRAXANE to treat breast, non-small cell lung, pancreatic, and gastric cancers. The company's products also include IDHIFA for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (rrAML) with an isocitrate dehydrogenase-2 mutation; VIDAZA, a pyrimidine nucleoside analog for intermediate-2 and high-risk MDS, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, and AML; THALOMID to treat patients with MM; and ISTODAX, an epigenetic modifier. Its preclinical and clinical-stage product candidates include small molecules, biologics, and cell therapies for immune-inflammatory diseases, myeloid diseases, epigenetics, protein homeostasis, and immuno-oncology. The company has agreements with BeiGene, Ltd; Acceleron Pharma, Inc.; Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; bluebird bio, Inc.; Lycera Corp.; Juno Therapeutics, Inc.; and EXSCIENTIA LTD. Celgene Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Summit, New Jersey.

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