Reviewing Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (IMMY) and Insys Therapeutics (INSY)

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IMMY) and Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ:INSY) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Imprimis Pharmaceuticals and Insys Therapeutics, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Imprimis Pharmaceuticals 0 0 1 0 3.00
Insys Therapeutics 0 2 2 0 2.50

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 188.18%. Insys Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $9.67, indicating a potential upside of 24.09%. Given Imprimis Pharmaceuticals’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Imprimis Pharmaceuticals is more favorable than Insys Therapeutics.


This table compares Imprimis Pharmaceuticals and Insys Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Imprimis Pharmaceuticals -60.71% -264.98% -57.30%
Insys Therapeutics -112.56% -11.76% -7.90%

Risk & Volatility

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals has a beta of -0.27, meaning that its share price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Insys Therapeutics has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

12.9% of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.3% of Insys Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.6% of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 67.9% of Insys Therapeutics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Imprimis Pharmaceuticals and Insys Therapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Imprimis Pharmaceuticals $19.94 million 1.79 -$19.08 million ($0.92) -1.89
Insys Therapeutics $242.27 million 2.36 $7.59 million ($2.55) -3.05

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


Insys Therapeutics beats Imprimis Pharmaceuticals on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Imprimis) is engaged in the development, production and dispensing of compounded pharmaceuticals. The Company operates through the business of developing drug therapies and providing such therapies through sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical compounding services segment. The Company, through its Imprimis Cares program, owns, markets and dispenses a portfolio of compounded therapeutic in several therapeutic areas, including ophthalmology, urology, otolaryngology and infectious diseases. The Company is also developing Custom Compounding Choice business, which is focused on developing and dispensing a portfolio of non-proprietary compounded drugs for humans and animals in therapeutic areas that may be overlooked by commercial pharmaceutical companies. The Company also offers customizable compounding products that consist of sterile injectable and non-sterile integrative medicine therapies that are used in various therapeutic areas.

Insys Therapeutics Company Profile

Insys Therapeutics, Inc. is a commercial-stage specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company develops and commercializes supportive care products. The Company’s product Subsys, is a sublingual fentanyl spray for breakthrough cancer pain (BTCP) in opioid-tolerant patients and a single-use product that delivers fentanyl, an opioid analgesic, for transmucosal absorption underneath the tongue. The Company markets Subsys through its field sales force focused on supportive care physicians in the United States. Subsys delivers a liquid fentanyl formulation in approximately 100, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1,200 and 1,600 micrograms (mcg) dosages. The Company’s lead dronabinol product candidate is Syndros, which is under review for approval at the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, the Company is evaluating sublingual spray, inhaled and intravenous formulations of dronabinol in preclinical studies.

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