Critical Review: Auxly Cannabis Group (OTCMKTS:CBWTF) & Iqvia (OTCMKTS:IQV)

Auxly Cannabis Group (OTCMKTS:CBWTF) and Iqvia (NYSE:IQV) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Auxly Cannabis Group and Iqvia, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Auxly Cannabis Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Iqvia 0 0 16 0 3.00

Iqvia has a consensus price target of $177.29, indicating a potential upside of 18.68%. Given Iqvia’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Iqvia is more favorable than Auxly Cannabis Group.

Profitability

This table compares Auxly Cannabis Group and Iqvia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Auxly Cannabis Group -1,316.81% -29.20% -18.87%
Iqvia 1.72% 17.65% 5.03%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Auxly Cannabis Group and Iqvia’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Auxly Cannabis Group $580,000.00 434.67 -$51.68 million N/A N/A
Iqvia $11.09 billion 2.59 $191.00 million $5.94 25.15

Iqvia has higher revenue and earnings than Auxly Cannabis Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.7% of Iqvia shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Iqvia shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Auxly Cannabis Group has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Iqvia has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Iqvia beats Auxly Cannabis Group on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Auxly Cannabis Group

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. operates as an integrated cannabis company. The company engages in the cultivation of cannabis; and development and distribution of cannabis products. It also offers products through its retail store. The company was formerly known as Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. and changed its name to Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. in June 2018. Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

About Iqvia

IQVIA Holdings Inc. provides advanced analytics, technology solutions, and contract research services to the life sciences industry in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. It operates through three segments: Technology & Analytics Solutions, Research & Development Solutions, and Contract Sales & Medical Solutions. The Technology & Analytics Solutions segment offers a range of cloud-based applications and related implementation, real-world insights, and reference information services; and strategic and implementation consulting services, such as advanced analytics and commercial processes outsourcing services. This segment also provides country level performance metrics related to sales of pharmaceutical products, prescribing trends, medical treatment, and promotional activity across various channels, including retail, hospital, and mail order to life science companies, and investment and financial sectors that deal with life science companies; and measurement of sales or prescribing activity at the regional, zip code, and individual prescriber level to pharmaceutical sales organizations. The Research & Development Solutions segment offers biopharmaceutical development services comprising project management and clinical monitoring, clinical trial support, and strategic planning and design services, as well as clinical trial, genomic, and bioanalytical laboratory services. The Contract Sales & Medical Solutions segment provides health care provider and patient engagement services, and scientific strategy and medical affairs services. IQVIA Holdings Inc. serves pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device and diagnostic, and consumer health companies. The company was formerly known as Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to IQVIA Holdings Inc. in November 2017. IQVIA Holdings Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.

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