Critical Comparison: Arsanis (ASNS) versus Qiagen (QGEN)

Arsanis (NASDAQ: ASNS) and Qiagen (NYSE:QGEN) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Arsanis and Qiagen’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arsanis N/A N/A N/A
Qiagen 3.79% 11.91% 6.13%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Arsanis and Qiagen, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arsanis 0 0 4 0 3.00
Qiagen 0 3 4 0 2.57

Arsanis currently has a consensus price target of $25.33, suggesting a potential upside of 33.76%. Qiagen has a consensus price target of $38.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.02%. Given Arsanis’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Arsanis is more favorable than Qiagen.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Arsanis and Qiagen’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arsanis N/A N/A -$33.87 million ($16.23) -1.17
Qiagen $1.42 billion 5.90 $40.39 million $1.27 28.87

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.6% of Arsanis shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of Qiagen shares are held by institutional investors. 50.9% of Arsanis shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of Qiagen shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Qiagen beats Arsanis on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Arsanis Company Profile

Arsanis, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on applying monoclonal antibody (mAb) immunotherapies to address infectious diseases. Its lead product candidate is ASN100, a mAb therapeutic in Phase II clinical development for the prevention of staphylococcus aureus pneumonia in mechanically ventilated patients. The company's preclinical pipeline comprises mAbs targeting various bacterial and viral pathogens, including respiratory syncytial virus. Arsanis, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Qiagen Company Profile

QIAGEN N.V. provides sample to insight solutions that transform biological materials into molecular insights worldwide. The company offers sample technologies for plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) purification, ribonucleic acid purification and stabilization, genomic and viral nucleic acid purification, DNA cleanup after polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing, target enrichment, and library preparation for sequencing applications; and assay technology solutions. It also provides Ingenuity Variant Analysis, a cloud-based platform that interprets data from next-generation sequencing (NGS) analysis; QIAGEN Clinical Insight, an evidence-based decision support solution; CLC Genomics Workbench for the analysis and visualization of data from various NGS platforms; and GeneGlobe, a Web-based portal that enables researchers to search and select gene-and pathway-specific solutions from pre-designed and custom PCR assay kits, NGS assay panels, and other products. In addition, the company offers instrumentation systems for laboratories. Its automation platforms include QIAsymphony, a modular system; GeneReader NGS System, a sample to insight NGS solution for laboratories to deliver actionable results; QIAcube robotic workstations, which provides versatile solutions for automated sample processing; QIAxcel for nucleic acid separation; QIAgility, a benchtop instrument for PCR setup; and ESEQuant instruments that enable optical measurement for point of need molecular testing in physician practices, emergency rooms, remote areas, and other applications. It serves molecular diagnostics, applied testing, pharma, and academia customers. QIAGEN N.V. has a collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb to develop gene expression profiles for immuno-oncology therapies. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Venlo, the Netherlands.

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