Reviewing Pieris Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PIRS) & National Research (NASDAQ:NRC)

National Research (NASDAQ:NRC) and Pieris Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PIRS) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for National Research and Pieris Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Research 0 1 0 0 2.00
Pieris Pharmaceuticals 0 1 3 0 2.75



Pieris Pharmaceuticals has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.70%. Given Pieris Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pieris Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than National Research.

Profitability

This table compares National Research and Pieris Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Research 24.59% 124.11% 28.56%
Pieris Pharmaceuticals -147.19% -114.25% -28.79%

Dividends

National Research pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Pieris Pharmaceuticals does not pay a dividend. National Research pays out 73.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

National Research has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pieris Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

36.0% of National Research shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.1% of Pieris Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of National Research shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of Pieris Pharmaceuticals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares National Research and Pieris Pharmaceuticals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Research $119.69 million 12.78 $30.05 million $1.04 59.18
Pieris Pharmaceuticals $29.10 million 9.20 -$26.75 million ($0.50) -10.84

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

Summary

National Research beats Pieris Pharmaceuticals on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

National Research Company Profile

National Research Corporation (NRC) is a provider of analytics and insights that facilitate revenue growth, patient, employee and customer retention and patient engagement for healthcare providers, payers and other healthcare organizations. The Company’s portfolio of subscription-based solutions provides information and analysis to healthcare organizations and payers across a range of mission-critical, constituent-related elements, including patient experience and satisfaction, community population health risks, workforce engagement, community perceptions, and physician engagement. The Company’s clients range from acute care hospitals and post-acute providers, such as home health, long term care and hospice, to numerous payer organizations. The Company derives its revenue from its annually renewable services, which include performance measurement and improvement services, healthcare analytics and governance education services.

Pieris Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, discovers and develops anticalin-based drugs in the United States. The company develops anticalin proteins that are low molecular-weight therapeutic proteins derived from lipocalins, which are naturally occurring low-molecular weight human proteins found in blood plasma and other bodily fluids. Its lead respiratory program includes PRS-060, a drug candidate, which is in Phase I clinical trial that binds to IL-4Ra for the treatment of asthma and other inflammatory diseases; and lead immuno-oncology program comprises PRS-343, a bispecific protein that is in Phase I clinical trial for oncology diseases. The company is also developing PRS-344, a bispecific anticalin-antibody fusion protein that is in preclinical stage for oncology diseases; and PRS-080, a polyethylene glycol conjugated anticalin protein that is in Phase IIa clinical trial to target hepcidin for the treatment of functional iron deficiency in anemic patients with chronic kidney disease or in end-stage renal disease patients requiring dialysis, as well as other drugs. It has strategic partnerships with Les Laboratoires Servier and Institut de Recherches Internationales Servier, AstraZeneca AB, and Seattle Genetics Inc., as well as others; and non-strategic license or option agreements with Aska Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., and Sanofi, as well as license agreements with TUM, Enumeral Biomedical Holdings, Inc., and Sichuan Kelun-Biotech Biopharmaceutical Co. Ltd. Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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