Contrasting Biocept (BIOC) & IRIS International (IRIS)
Biocept (NASDAQ: BIOC) and IRIS International (NASDAQ:IRIS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.
Risk & Volatility
Biocept has a beta of 2.9, suggesting that its stock price is 190% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IRIS International has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Biocept and IRIS International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
7.8% of Biocept shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of IRIS International shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.7% of Biocept shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.7% of IRIS International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Biocept and IRIS International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Biocept||$3.22 million||6.01||-$18.39 million||($0.89)||-0.72|
IRIS International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Biocept. Biocept is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IRIS International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Biocept and IRIS International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Biocept presently has a consensus target price of $2.25, suggesting a potential upside of 251.56%. Given Biocept’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Biocept is more favorable than IRIS International.
IRIS International beats Biocept on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Biocept Company Profile
Biocept, Inc. is an early commercial-stage molecular oncology diagnostics company. The Company develops and commercializes circulating tumor cell (CTC) and circulating tumor deoxyribonucleic acid (ctDNA), assays utilizing a standard blood sample, or liquid biopsy. The Company’s Target-Selector offering is based on an internally developed, microfluidics-based CTC capture and analysis platform, with enabling features that change how CTC testing can be used by clinicians by providing biomarker detection and monitoring requiring only a standard blood sample. The ctDNA technology enables mutation detection and is applicable to nucleic acid from CTCs or other sample types, such as blood plasma. The Company commercializes its Target-Selector assays for a range of solid tumor indications, such as breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), small cell lung cancer (SCLC), gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma.
IRIS International Company Profile
Mitcham Industries, Inc. is a provider of equipment to the geophysical, oceanographic and hydrographic industries. The Company operates through two segments. The Equipment Leasing segment is primarily engaged in the leasing of seismic equipment to companies in the oil and gas industry across the world. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales segment is engaged in the design, production and sale of marine seismic equipment, and oceanographic and hydrographic equipment. Its leasing business includes Mitcham Canada ULC, Seismic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd., Mitcham Seismic Eurasia LLC, Mitcham Europe Ltd. and Mitcham Marine Leasing Pte. Ltd. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales Segment includes its Seamap International Holdings Pte, Ltd. (Seamap) business and Klein Marine Systems, Inc. (Klein). Seamap designs, manufactures and sells a range of products for the seismic, hydrographic and offshore industries. Klein develops and manufactures high performance side scan sonar systems.
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