Critical Analysis: Krystal Biotech (NASDAQ:KRYS) versus Its Competitors

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Krystal Biotech (NASDAQ: KRYS) is one of 101 public companies in the “Biological products, except diagnostic” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Krystal Biotech to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

29.9% of Krystal Biotech shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.6% of shares of all “Biological products, except diagnostic” companies are held by institutional investors. 45.8% of Krystal Biotech shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.2% of shares of all “Biological products, except diagnostic” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Krystal Biotech and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Krystal Biotech 0 0 3 0 3.00
Krystal Biotech Competitors 557 1982 5010 192 2.62

Krystal Biotech currently has a consensus target price of $36.50, suggesting a potential upside of 127.98%. As a group, “Biological products, except diagnostic” companies have a potential upside of 21.05%. Given Krystal Biotech’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Krystal Biotech is more favorable than its competitors.


This table compares Krystal Biotech and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Krystal Biotech N/A -23.26% -22.75%
Krystal Biotech Competitors -8,334.14% -68.87% -24.55%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Krystal Biotech and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Krystal Biotech N/A -$7.92 million -10.82
Krystal Biotech Competitors $1.01 billion $90.80 million -3.09

Krystal Biotech’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Krystal Biotech. Krystal Biotech is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Krystal Biotech beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Krystal Biotech Company Profile

Krystal Biotech, Inc., a gene therapy company, develops and commercializes pharmaceutical products for patients suffering from dermatological diseases in the United States. The company's lead product candidate is KB103, which is in preclinical development to treat dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disease. It also engages in developing KB105, which is in preclinical studies to treat Lamellar Ichthyosis, which is an autosomal recessive disorder. The company was formerly known as Krystal Biotech, LLC and changed its name to Krystal Biotech, Inc. in March 2017. Krystal Biotech, Inc. was founded in 2015 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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