Sutro Biopharma (NASDAQ:STRO) versus Cidara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CDTX) Head-To-Head Analysis

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Sutro Biopharma (NASDAQ:STRO) and Cidara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CDTX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Sutro Biopharma and Cidara Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sutro Biopharma N/A N/A N/A
Cidara Therapeutics N/A -92.26% -68.56%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

49.0% of Sutro Biopharma shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.3% of Cidara Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.9% of Sutro Biopharma shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.3% of Cidara Therapeutics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sutro Biopharma and Cidara Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sutro Biopharma $38.42 million 7.21 -$35.32 million ($6.13) -1.97
Cidara Therapeutics N/A N/A -$59.02 million ($2.32) -0.67

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Sutro Biopharma and Cidara Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sutro Biopharma 0 0 5 0 3.00
Cidara Therapeutics 0 1 4 0 2.80

Sutro Biopharma presently has a consensus price target of $22.75, indicating a potential upside of 88.33%. Cidara Therapeutics has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 476.92%. Given Cidara Therapeutics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cidara Therapeutics is more favorable than Sutro Biopharma.

Summary

Sutro Biopharma beats Cidara Therapeutics on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sutro Biopharma

Sutro Biopharma, Inc. operates as clinical stage drug discovery, development, and manufacturing company. It focuses on creating protein therapeutics for cancer and autoimmune disorders through integrated cell-free protein synthesis platform, XpressCF. The company's product candidates include STRO-001, an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) directed against the cancer target CD74 for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma; and STRO-002, an ADC directed against folate receptor-alpha for patients with ovarian and endometrial cancers. It has collaboration and license agreement with Celgene Corporation to discover and develop bispecific antibodies and/or ADCs focused primarily on the field of immuno-oncology. The company was formerly known as Fundamental Applied Biology, Inc. Sutro Biopharma, Inc. was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

About Cidara Therapeutics

Cidara Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of anti-infectives for the treatment of diseases. Its lead product candidate is rezafungin acetate, a molecule in the echinocandin class of antifungals for the treatment and prevention of serious invasive fungal infections, including candidemia and invasive candidiasis, fungal infections associated with high mortality rates. It is also developing antibody-drug conjugates for multidrug-resistant bacterial infections that directly kill pathogens and also direct a patient's immune system to attack and eliminate bacterial, fungal, or viral pathogens. The company was formerly known as K2 Therapeutics, Inc. and changed its name to Cidara Therapeutics, Inc. in June 2014. Cidara Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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