Analyzing Arsanis (ASNS) & Heron Therapeutics (HRTX)

Arsanis (NASDAQ: ASNS) and Heron Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HRTX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current ratings for Arsanis and Heron Therapeutics, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arsanis 0 0 4 0 3.00
Heron Therapeutics 0 0 11 0 3.00

Arsanis currently has a consensus price target of $25.33, indicating a potential upside of 11.36%. Heron Therapeutics has a consensus price target of $31.18, indicating a potential upside of 29.65%. Given Heron Therapeutics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Heron Therapeutics is more favorable than Arsanis.


This table compares Arsanis and Heron Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arsanis N/A N/A N/A
Heron Therapeutics -641.87% -230.70% -115.42%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.5% of Arsanis shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.9% of Heron Therapeutics shares are owned by company 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 & Earnings

This table compares Arsanis and Heron Therapeutics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arsanis N/A N/A -$33.88 million N/A N/A
Heron Therapeutics $30.77 million 50.53 -$197.48 million ($3.65) -6.59

Arsanis has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Heron Therapeutics.


Arsanis beats Heron Therapeutics on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Arsanis Company Profile

Arsanis, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the discovering and developing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for the targeted immunotherapy of serious infections. The Company’s mAbs focus on specific pathogens and pathogenic processes. Its product pipeline includes ASN100, ASN200, ASN300, ASN400 and ASN500. Its lead program, ASN100, is being studied to prevent hospital-acquired Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia in mechanically ventilated patients heavily colonized with Staphylococcus aureus in their respiratory tracts. Its ASN200 addresses the unmet medical need caused by drug-resistant extra-intestinal escherichia coli infections. Its ASN300 addresses the unmet medical need due to carbapenem-resistant klebsiella pneumoniae infections. Its ASN400 addresses the unmet medical need due to streptococcus pneumoniae, a leading cause of mortality among the elderly. The ASN500 program consisting of potent mAbs targeting respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Heron Therapeutics Company Profile

Heron Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company engaged in developing pharmaceutical products for patients suffering from cancer or pain. The Company’s product candidates include SUSTOL, HTX-019 and HTX-011. All of its product candidates utilize science and technology platforms, including its Biochronomer drug delivery technology. The Company’s SUSTOL (granisetron) injection, extended release is being developed for the prevention of both acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) associated with moderately emetogenic chemotherapy (MEC) or highly emetogenic chemotherapy (HEC). HTX-019, which is an intravenous formulation of aprepitant, a neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist, is being developed for the prevention of CINV. HTX-011, a long-acting formulation of the local anesthetic bupivacaine in a fixed-dose combination with the anti-inflammatory meloxicam, is being developed for the prevention of post-operative pain. HTX-011 is in Phase II clinical trials.

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