Avant Diagnostics (OTCMKTS:AVDX) and H&E Equipment Services (NASDAQ:HEES) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Dividends

H&E Equipment Services pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Avant Diagnostics does not pay a dividend. H&E Equipment Services pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Avant Diagnostics has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, H&E Equipment Services has a beta of 2.9, suggesting that its share price is 190% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Avant Diagnostics and H&E Equipment Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Avant Diagnostics N/A N/A N/A
H&E Equipment Services 11.58% 35.00% 4.94%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Avant Diagnostics and H&E Equipment Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Avant Diagnostics 0 0 0 0 N/A
H&E Equipment Services 0 2 3 0 2.60

H&E Equipment Services has a consensus target price of $35.80, indicating a potential upside of 47.39%. Given H&E Equipment Services’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe H&E Equipment Services is more favorable than Avant Diagnostics.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Avant Diagnostics and H&E Equipment Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Avant Diagnostics $110,000.00 6.43 -$11.75 million N/A N/A
H&E Equipment Services $1.03 billion 0.84 $109.65 million $3.48 6.98

H&E Equipment Services has higher revenue and earnings than Avant Diagnostics.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Avant Diagnostics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.5% of H&E Equipment Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 38.0% of Avant Diagnostics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of H&E Equipment Services 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.

Summary

H&E Equipment Services beats Avant Diagnostics on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Avant Diagnostics

Avant Diagnostics, Inc., a molecular diagnostic company, focuses on the development and commercialization of proprietary diagnostic tests that provide information for physicians and patients in the areas of cancers. It offers OvaDx, a noninvasive proteomics diagnostic screening test for the early detection of ovarian cancer; and MSPrecise, a DNA sequencing assay for the identification of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis at first clinical presentation. The company is based in Washington, District of Columbia.

About H&E Equipment Services

H&E Equipment Services, Inc. operates as an integrated equipment services company. The company rents, sells, and provides parts and support services for hi-lift or aerial work platform equipment, cranes, earthmoving equipment, and industrial lift trucks. It offers heavy construction and industrial equipment for rent on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. As of December 31, 2017, the company's rental fleet consisted of 31,387 pieces of equipment. It also sells new and used equipment, as well as parts; and provides maintenance and repair services for the customers' owned equipment. In addition, the company offers ancillary equipment support activities, including transportation, hauling, parts shipping, and loss damage waivers. H&E Equipment Services, Inc. provides its services to industrial and commercial companies, construction contractors, manufacturers, public utilities, municipalities, and maintenance contractors, as well as for other industrial accounts. As of February 15, 2018, it had a network of 83 full-service facilities serving approximately 39,600 customers across 22 states in the West Coast, Intermountain, Southwest, Gulf Coast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. H&E Equipment Services, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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