Acceleron Pharma (NASDAQ:XLRN) & BioCardia (NASDAQ:BCDA) Financial Comparison

BioCardia (OTCMKTS:BCDA) and Acceleron Pharma (NASDAQ:XLRN) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for BioCardia and Acceleron Pharma, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BioCardia 0 0 0 0 N/A
Acceleron Pharma 0 3 6 0 2.67

Acceleron Pharma has a consensus target price of $63.00, suggesting a potential upside of 54.19%. Given Acceleron Pharma’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Acceleron Pharma is more favorable than BioCardia.

Risk and Volatility

BioCardia has a beta of 1.9, meaning that its share price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acceleron Pharma has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares BioCardia and Acceleron Pharma’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BioCardia -2,191.28% -423.10% -227.05%
Acceleron Pharma -965.39% -35.94% -33.41%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BioCardia and Acceleron Pharma’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BioCardia $630,000.00 76.98 -$13.99 million N/A N/A
Acceleron Pharma $13.99 million 153.89 -$118.87 million ($2.59) -15.78

BioCardia has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Acceleron Pharma.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.0% of BioCardia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.5% of Acceleron Pharma shares are held by institutional investors. 26.0% of BioCardia shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Acceleron Pharma shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Acceleron Pharma beats BioCardia on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BioCardia

BioCardia, Inc., a clinical-stage regenerative medicine company, develops therapeutics for cardiovascular diseases. Its lead therapeutic candidate is the CardiAMP Cell Therapy System for the treatment of heart failure and chronic myocardial ischemia. The company is also developing CardiALLO Cell Therapy System, an investigational culture expanded bone marrow derived from mesenchymal cell therapy, which is in Phase I/II trial for the treatment of ischemic systolic heart failure. In addition, it offers the Helix biotherapeutic delivery system; and Morph vascular access product line, which provides catheter products. BioCardia, Inc. is based in San Carlos, California.

About Acceleron Pharma

Acceleron Pharma Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutics to treat serious and rare diseases. Its therapeutic candidates include luspatercept, which is in Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes and beta-thalassemia; Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of patients with transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia and myelofibrosis. The company is also developing and sotatercept for the treatment of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. In addition, the company is developing ACE-083, a neuromuscular candidate that is in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease; and ACE-2494, which is in Phase I clinical trials for the treatment of systemic muscle disorders. It has a collaboration, license, and option agreement with Celgene Corporation. The company was formerly known as Phoenix Pharma, Inc. Acceleron Pharma Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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