Comparing Geovax Labs (GOVX) and Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL)

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Geovax Labs (OTCMKTS:GOVX) and Anavex Life Sciences (NASDAQ:AVXL) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Geovax Labs has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Anavex Life Sciences has a beta of 2.41, indicating that its stock price is 141% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Geovax Labs and Anavex Life Sciences’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Geovax Labs $1.08 million 2.69 -$2.17 million ($0.03) -0.42
Anavex Life Sciences N/A N/A -$17.45 million ($0.39) -7.72

Geovax Labs has higher revenue and earnings than Anavex Life Sciences. Anavex Life Sciences is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Geovax Labs, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Geovax Labs and Anavex Life Sciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Geovax Labs -290.02% N/A -422.86%
Anavex Life Sciences N/A -99.00% -83.63%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Geovax Labs and Anavex Life Sciences, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Geovax Labs 0 0 0 0 N/A
Anavex Life Sciences 0 0 4 0 3.00

Anavex Life Sciences has a consensus target price of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 182.39%. Given Anavex Life Sciences’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Anavex Life Sciences is more favorable than Geovax Labs.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.1% of Geovax Labs shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.0% of Anavex Life Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Geovax Labs shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of Anavex Life Sciences shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Anavex Life Sciences beats Geovax Labs on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Geovax Labs Company Profile

GeoVax Labs, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company, develops human vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer in the United States and internationally. The company through its patented Modified Vaccinia Ankara-Virus Like Particle vaccine platform develops various vaccines. It is developing various vaccines that are in human clinical trials, and preclinical research and development phases, including vaccines against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); Zika virus; malaria; and hemorrhagic fever viruses, such as Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, and Lassa, as well as therapeutic vaccines for chronic Hepatitis B infections and cancers. The company has collaboration and partnership agreements with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health; the HIV Vaccines Trial Network; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease; U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; Emory University; University of Pittsburgh; Georgia State University Research Foundation; Peking University; University of Texas Medical Branch; the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland; the Scripps Research Institute; the Burnet Institute; American Gene Technologies, Inc.; Viamune, Inc.; Vaxeal Holding SA; CaroGen Corporation; Virometix AG; and Leidos, Inc. GeoVax Labs, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is based in Smyrna, Georgia.

Anavex Life Sciences Company Profile

Anavex Life Sciences Corp., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development of drug candidates for the treatment of central nervous system diseases. The company's lead drug candidate is ANAVEX 2-73, which has completed Phase 2a clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease; and preclinical clinical trials to treat Parkinson's disease, Rett syndrome, epilepsy, infantile spasms, Fragile X syndrome, Angelman syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and tuberous sclerosis. It is also developing ANAVEX 3-71 to treat Alzheimer's disease; ANAVEX 1-41, a sigma-1 agonist; ANAVEX 1066, a mixed sigma-1/sigma-2 ligand for the potential treatment of neuropathic and visceral pain; and ANAVEX 1037 to treat prostate and pancreatic cancer. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in New York, New York.

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