Contrasting Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO) and Cellect Biotechnology (NASDAQ:APOP)

Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO) and Cellect Biotechnology (NASDAQ:APOP) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

36.0% of Inovio Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.1% of Cellect Biotechnology shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Inovio Pharmaceuticals shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Inovio Pharmaceuticals and Cellect Biotechnology, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inovio Pharmaceuticals 1 5 3 0 2.22
Cellect Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Inovio Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus price target of $15.78, suggesting a potential upside of 140.88%. Given Inovio Pharmaceuticals’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Inovio Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Cellect Biotechnology.

Risk and Volatility

Inovio Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cellect Biotechnology has a beta of 2.01, indicating that its stock price is 101% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Inovio Pharmaceuticals and Cellect Biotechnology’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inovio Pharmaceuticals $4.11 million 333.71 -$119.36 million ($1.16) -5.65
Cellect Biotechnology N/A N/A -$4.86 million N/A N/A

Cellect Biotechnology has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Inovio Pharmaceuticals.

Profitability

This table compares Inovio Pharmaceuticals and Cellect Biotechnology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inovio Pharmaceuticals -8,518.10% -78.17% -40.33%
Cellect Biotechnology N/A -96.85% -74.86%

Summary

Inovio Pharmaceuticals beats Cellect Biotechnology on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Inovio Pharmaceuticals

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of DNA medicines to treat and protect people from diseases associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), cancer, and infectious diseases. Its DNA medicines platform uses precisely designed SynCon optimized plasmids that have ability to help break the immune system's tolerance of cancerous or infected cells and facilitate cross-strain protection against unmatched and matched pathogen variants. The company is involved in conducting and planning clinical studies of its DNA medicines for HPV-associated precancers, including cervical, vulvar, and anal dysplasia; HPV-associated cancers, including head and neck, cervical, anal, penile, vulvar, and vaginal; other HPV-associated disorders, such as recurrent respiratory papillomatosis; glioblastoma multiforme; prostate cancer; HIV; Ebola; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS); Lassa fever; Zika virus; and the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus). Its partners and collaborators include ApolloBio Corp., AstraZeneca, Beijing Advaccine Biotechnology Co., Ltd., The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), HIV Vaccines Trial Network, International Vaccine Institute, Kaneka Eurogentec, Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Ology Bioservices, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Plumbline Life Sciences, Regeneron, Thermo Fisher Scientific, University of Pennsylvania, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and The Wistar Institute. The company also has an agreement with Richter-Helm BioLogics GmbH & Co. KG to support investigational DNA vaccine INO-4800, which is currently in Phase I clinical testing for COVID-19; and a partnership with International Vaccine Institute and Seoul National University Hospital. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.

About Cellect Biotechnology

Cellect Biotechnology Ltd., a biotechnology company, engages in developing ApoGraft, a technology platform that functionally selects stem cells to enhance the safety of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies in Israel. The company develops ApoTainer, a kit for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation procedures. It has collaborations with the denovoMATRIX group of the Technische Universität Dresden to conduct examinations into the tentative synergy between ApoGraft and denovoMAtrix technology for the purpose of evaluating collaborative development of products for regenerative medicine; Cell2in Inc. to conduct scientific evaluations combining ApoGraft with Cell2in's identification technology FreSHtracer, which monitors stem cell quality by utilizing a fluorescent dye to characterize their oxidative stress state; and XNK therapeutics to focus on the development of cell-based therapeutics from NK cells. The company was formerly known as Cellect Biomed Ltd. and changed its name to Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. in July 2016. Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Kfar Saba, Israel.

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