Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SLXP) and Its Peers Head to Head Analysis

Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Salix Pharmaceuticals to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Salix Pharmaceuticals and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Salix Pharmaceuticals -2,134.34% -305.24% -25.83%
Salix Pharmaceuticals Competitors -547.39% -39.23% -21.46%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Salix Pharmaceuticals and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Salix Pharmaceuticals N/A N/A -26.55
Salix Pharmaceuticals Competitors $3.02 billion $642.98 million -30.87

Salix Pharmaceuticals’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Salix Pharmaceuticals. Salix Pharmaceuticals is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Salix Pharmaceuticals and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Salix Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Salix Pharmaceuticals Competitors 73 344 1003 29 2.68

As a group, “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies have a potential upside of 23.72%. Given Salix Pharmaceuticals’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Salix Pharmaceuticals has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

Salix Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Salix Pharmaceuticals’ rivals have a beta of 1.15, indicating that their average share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.0% of shares of all “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.7% of shares of all “Specialty & Advanced Pharmaceuticals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Salix Pharmaceuticals rivals beat Salix Pharmaceuticals on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Salix Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in acquiring, developing and commercializing prescription drugs and medical devices used in the treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. The Company offers over 20 marketed products, such as XIFAXAN550 (rifaximin) tablets, XIFAXAN (rifaximin) tablets, APRISO (mesalamine) extended-release capsules, UCERIS (budesonide MMX) extended release tablets, MOVIPREP, GLUMETZA extended release tablets, RELISTOR subcutaneous injection, UCERIS rectal foam, OSMOPREP tablets, SOLESTA, DEFLUX, FULYZAQ (crofelemer) delayed-release tablets, GIAZO (balsalazide disodium) tablets, CYCLOSET (bromocriptine mesylate) tablets, and FENOGLIDE (fenofibrate) tablets, among others. Its primary product candidates under development include Rifaximin, Methylnaltrexone bromide oral, Ruconest, Rifaximin delayed release or extended intestinal release and Rifaximin soluble solid dispersion (SSD)/next generation.

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