Biomerica (NASDAQ: BMRA) is one of 27 public companies in the “Diagnostic substances” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Biomerica to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Biomerica has a beta of -0.9, indicating that its share price is 190% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Biomerica’s rivals have a beta of 1.61, indicating that their average share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Biomerica and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Biomerica $6.69 million -$2.34 million -30.13
Biomerica Competitors $362.17 million -$16.24 million 105.32

Biomerica’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Biomerica. Biomerica is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Biomerica and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Biomerica 0 0 2 0 3.00
Biomerica Competitors 338 862 1075 100 2.39

Biomerica presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 73.16%. As a group, “Diagnostic substances” companies have a potential upside of 19.31%. Given Biomerica’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Biomerica is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Biomerica and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Biomerica -34.95% -36.23% -23.84%
Biomerica Competitors -948.45% -42.01% -34.88%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.7% of Biomerica shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.5% of shares of all “Diagnostic substances” companies are held by institutional investors. 25.7% of Biomerica shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of shares of all “Diagnostic substances” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Biomerica beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Biomerica Company Profile

Biomerica, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets medical diagnostic products for the early detection and monitoring of chronic diseases and medical conditions. The company's diagnostic test kits are used to analyze blood, urine, or fecal samples from patients in the diagnosis of various diseases and other medical complications; or to measure the level of specific hormones, antibodies, antigens, or other substances, which exist in the human body in extremely small concentrations. It primarily offers its products for gastrointestinal diseases, food intolerances, diabetes, and various esoteric tests at the point-of-care and in-hospital/clinical laboratories worldwide. The company is also developing InFoods, an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) therapy technology and diagnostic-guided therapy, which is in clinical studies to identify specific foods that when removed from the patient's diet can alleviate the patient's IBS symptoms. Biomerica, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

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