Critical Analysis: GoodRx (NASDAQ:GDRX) & Akerna (NASDAQ:KERN)

Akerna (NASDAQ:KERN) and GoodRx (NASDAQ:GDRX) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Akerna and GoodRx’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Akerna $12.57 million 3.69 -$15.53 million N/A N/A
GoodRx N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

GoodRx has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Akerna.


This table compares Akerna and GoodRx’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Akerna -137.11% -58.33% -45.85%
GoodRx N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Akerna and GoodRx, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Akerna 0 0 1 0 3.00
GoodRx 1 6 6 0 2.38

Akerna presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 153.16%. GoodRx has a consensus price target of $50.85, indicating a potential upside of 31.05%. Given Akerna’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Akerna is more favorable than GoodRx.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.2% of Akerna shares are owned by institutional investors. 31.8% of Akerna shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Akerna beats GoodRx on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Akerna

Akerna Corp. operates as a technology company. The company offers MJ Platform, an enterprise resource planning system to the cannabis industry; and Leaf Data Systems, a tracking system designed for government agencies. It also provides consulting services to cannabis industry; business intelligence, an infrastructure as a service tool, which delivers supply chain analytics for the cannabis, hemp, and CBD industries; and Last Call Analytics, a subscription analytics tool for alcohol brands to analyze their retail sales analytics. In addition, the company operates seed-to-sale platform that allows cultivators to track and report various stage of their cannabis growing operations, production, and sales processes. Further, it offers cannabis cultivation management and software to manage and optimize operational workflow in business analytics; and cannabis tracking technology that provides seed-to-sale-to-self data. Akerna Corp. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

About GoodRx

GoodRx Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a prescription drug price comparison platform using data from local and mail-order pharmacies in the United States. It also provides pharmacy coupons to customers. The company offers generic and brand name pricing; alerts clients on manufacturer co-pay cards, pharmacy discounts, and state discount programs; and provides tips on slashing drug prices. It provides prices of drugs in areas of alcohol dependence, allergies, cold, Alzheimer's disease, angina, antibiotics, anticoagulant, antiviral, antiplatelet, anxiety, arrhythmia, arrhythmia, asthma, bipolar disorder, birth control, cancer, cerebral hemorrhage, cholesterol, COPD, depression, dermatology, diabetes, ear, enlarged prostate, epilepsy, eye, fertility, fibromyalgia, flu, gastrointestinal, heart failure, hypertension, hypotension, immune system, insomnia, medical supplies, men's health, mental health, migraine, myasthenia gravis, nausea, nervous system, obesity, obsessive-compulsive disorder, opioid dependence, pain relief, arthritis, panic disorder, Parkinson's disease, PMDD, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, seizure, sleep aids, smoking and addiction, smoking cessation, thyroid drugs, Tourette syndrome, trazodone, urology, vaccines, and women's health. GoodRx Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 and is based in Santa Monica, California.

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