Acura Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACUR) versus Flamel Technologies (AVDL) Head to Head Review

Flamel Technologies (NASDAQ: AVDL) and Acura Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACUR) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.8% of Flamel Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.2% of Acura Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 5.1% of Flamel Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of Acura Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Flamel Technologies and Acura Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flamel Technologies 21.13% 29.84% 6.34%
Acura Pharmaceuticals 14.91% 112.19% 19.04%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Flamel Technologies and Acura Pharmaceuticals’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flamel Technologies $173.99 million 2.02 $64.86 million $0.84 10.45
Acura Pharmaceuticals $6.79 million N/A -$1.42 million ($0.83) -0.53

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Flamel Technologies and Acura Pharmaceuticals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flamel Technologies 0 0 3 0 3.00
Acura Pharmaceuticals 0 0 2 0 3.00

Flamel Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $15.67, indicating a potential upside of 78.44%. Acura Pharmaceuticals has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 1,718.18%. Given Acura Pharmaceuticals’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Acura Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Flamel Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

Flamel Technologies has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acura Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 2.12, indicating that its share price is 112% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Flamel Technologies beats Acura Pharmaceuticals on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Flamel Technologies Company Profile

Flamel Technologies S.A. is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products, including controlled-release therapeutic products based on its polymer based technology. The Company has a balanced business model consisting of an Unapproved Marketed Drugs (UMDs) business with over two approved products in the United States, Bloxiverz (neostigmine methylsulfate injection) and Vazculep (phenylephrine hydrochloride injection) that are marketed; a branded pediatric business, and a branded business, focusing on the development of products utilizing Flamel’s drug delivery platforms. The Company owns and develops drug delivery platforms, including Micropump, LiquiTime, Trigger Lock and Medusa. The Company has two direct operating subsidiaries: Flamel US Holdings, Inc. and Flamel Irish Holdings, Ltd.

Acura Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the research, development and commercialization of technologies and products intended to address medication abuse and misuse. The Company has discovered and developed three platform technologies, which can be used to develop multiple products. The Company’s Oxaydo Tablets (oxycodone HCl, CII), which utilizes the Aversion Technology, is an approved and immediate-release (IR) oxycodone product in the United States. The Company’s Impede technology products include Nexafed and Nexafed Sinus Pressure + Pain. Its third deterrent technology is Limitx, which is designed to retard the release of active drug ingredients when too many tablets are accidently or purposefully ingested. The Company’s Aversion and Limitx technologies are intended to address methods associated with opioid and its Impede technology is directed at the extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine into methamphetamine.

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