Comparing Stemline Therapeutics (STML) and Viking Therapeutics (VKTX)

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Stemline Therapeutics (NASDAQ:STML) and Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Stemline Therapeutics has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Viking Therapeutics has a beta of 2.92, indicating that its stock price is 192% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Stemline Therapeutics and Viking Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stemline Therapeutics N/A -106.34% -84.63%
Viking Therapeutics N/A -27.70% -25.54%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

67.2% of Stemline Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.6% of Viking Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 14.8% of Stemline Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Viking Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Stemline Therapeutics and Viking Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stemline Therapeutics 0 0 4 0 3.00
Viking Therapeutics 0 1 6 0 2.86

Stemline Therapeutics currently has a consensus target price of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 127.27%. Viking Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 127.09%. Given Stemline Therapeutics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Stemline Therapeutics is more favorable than Viking Therapeutics.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Stemline Therapeutics and Viking Therapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stemline Therapeutics $900,000.00 454.37 -$67.82 million ($2.94) -4.49
Viking Therapeutics N/A N/A -$20.57 million ($0.79) -15.61

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

Stemline Therapeutics Company Profile

Stemline Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, acquisition, development, and commercialization of proprietary oncology therapeutics in the United States and internationally. The company develops SL-401, a targeted therapy directed to the interleukin-3 receptor (IL-3R), which has completed Phase II clinical trial for patients with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm; is in Phase I/II clinical trials for patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, myelofibrosis, and acute myeloid leukemia; and is in Phase I clinical trial in combination with other agents for patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. It also develops SL-801, a novel oral small molecule reversible inhibitor of nuclear transport protein, which is in Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of solid and hematologic cancers; and SL-701, an immunotherapy that has completed Phase II clinical trial to attack brain cancer. The company's preclinical pipeline products include SL-501, a next generation IL-3R-targeted therapy; SL-101, a single chain monoclonal antibody fragment for the treatment of hematologic cancers; and SL-901, a small molecule kinase inhibitor. Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is based in New York, New York.

Viking Therapeutics Company Profile

Viking Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of novel therapies for metabolic and endocrine disorders. Its lead clinical program, VK5211, is an orally available, non-steroidal selective androgen receptor modulator in Phase II development for the treatment of patients recovering from non-elective hip fracture surgery; in Phase I clinical trials for improving lean body mass; and in pre-clinical trial for improving bone mineral density, bone mineral content, bone strength, and other measures. The company is also developing VK2809, an orally available, tissue and receptor-subtype selective agonist of the thyroid hormone receptor beta, which is in a Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of patients with hypercholesterolemia and fatty liver disease; and in a Phase I clinical trial to treat patients who suffer from glycogen storage disease type Ia. In addition, it is developing VK0214 for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy, which is in pre-clinical stage. Viking Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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