Contrasting Acerus Pharmaceuticals (OTCMKTS:ASPCF) & Clovis Oncology (OTCMKTS:CLVS)

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Acerus Pharmaceuticals (OTCMKTS:ASPCF) and Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ:CLVS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.


This table compares Acerus Pharmaceuticals and Clovis Oncology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Acerus Pharmaceuticals -219.97% N/A -118.00%
Clovis Oncology -298.53% -1,576.32% -53.65%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.9% of Clovis Oncology shares are held by institutional investors. 8.3% of Clovis Oncology shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Acerus Pharmaceuticals and Clovis Oncology, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Acerus Pharmaceuticals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Clovis Oncology 1 7 7 0 2.40

Clovis Oncology has a consensus target price of $19.91, indicating a potential upside of 110.90%. Given Clovis Oncology’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Clovis Oncology is more favorable than Acerus Pharmaceuticals.

Volatility & Risk

Acerus Pharmaceuticals has a beta of 1.87, suggesting that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clovis Oncology has a beta of 3.31, suggesting that its share price is 231% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Acerus Pharmaceuticals and Clovis Oncology’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Acerus Pharmaceuticals $7.38 million 1.42 -$18.79 million N/A N/A
Clovis Oncology $95.39 million 5.42 -$368.01 million ($7.07) -1.34

Acerus Pharmaceuticals has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Clovis Oncology.


Clovis Oncology beats Acerus Pharmaceuticals on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Acerus Pharmaceuticals

Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of pharmaceutical products for men's and women's health. The company offers Natesto, a nasal gel for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males diagnosed with hypogonadism; Estrace, an oral tablet for the symptomatic relief of menopausal symptoms; and UriVarx, a natural health product that helps reduce symptoms of hyperactive bladder, such as daytime urinary frequency, urgency, and nocturia. It also engages in developing Lidbree, a short acting lidocaine formulation delivered through a proprietary device into the vaginal mucosal tissue; Stendra, a PDE5 inhibitor for the treatment of erectile dysfunction; Elegant vaginal moisturizer, which provides comfort to women suffering from vaginal dryness; and Elegant pH, a pH balanced vaginal product; Gynoflor, an ultra-low dose vaginal estrogen combined with a probiotic for the treatment of vaginal atrophy, restoration of vaginal flora, and treatment of certain vaginal infections; and Tefina, a clinical stage product for women with female sexual dysfunction. Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation sells products through its salesforce in Canada; and through a network of licensed distributors in the United States and internationally. The company was formerly known as Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporation and changed its name to Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation in September 2015. Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.

About Clovis Oncology

Clovis Oncology, Inc, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on acquiring, developing, and commercializing anti-cancer agents in the United States, Europe, and internationally. Its commercial product includes Rubraca (rucaparib) tablet, a small molecule poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor, used as monotherapy for the treatment of patients with deleterious BRCA mutation associated advanced ovarian cancer, who have been treated with two or more chemotherapies, and selected for therapy by an FDA-approved companion diagnostic for Rubraca. As of 4/6/18, Rubraca® (rucaparib) is also approved by the FDA for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy. FDA granted regular approval for Rubraca in this second, broader and earlier-line indication on a priority review timeline based on positive data from the phase 3 ARIEL3 clinical trial. Biomarker testing is not required for patients to be prescribed Rubraca in this maintenance treatment indication.

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