Mesa Laboratories (NASDAQ:MLAB) and Elbit Vision Systems (OTCMKTS:EVSNF) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.1% of Mesa Laboratories shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.0% of Mesa Laboratories shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 26.8% of Elbit Vision Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Mesa Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Elbit Vision Systems does not pay a dividend. Mesa Laboratories pays out 10.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mesa Laboratories and Elbit Vision Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mesa Laboratories $96.18 million 8.79 -$2.96 million $6.18 35.49
Elbit Vision Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Elbit Vision Systems has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Mesa Laboratories.

Profitability

This table compares Mesa Laboratories and Elbit Vision Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mesa Laboratories -1.60% 16.65% 10.35%
Elbit Vision Systems N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Mesa Laboratories and Elbit Vision Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mesa Laboratories 0 0 0 0 N/A
Elbit Vision Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Mesa Laboratories beats Elbit Vision Systems on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mesa Laboratories

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets quality control instruments and disposable products. The company's Instruments segment offers data loggers, which are precision instruments used in critical manufacturing, quality control, and validation applications; medical meters and calibration solutions used to test various parameters of the dialysis fluid, and the calibration and operation of the dialysis machine; gas flow calibration and air sampling equipment that are used for industrial hygiene assessments, calibration of gas metering equipment, and environmental air monitoring; and torque testing systems used for measure bottle cap tightness. This segment's products are used in healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, food and beverage, industrial hygiene, and environmental air sampling industries. Its Sterilization and Disinfection Control segment manufactures and markets biological indicators comprising spore strips, self-contained products, and culture media, as well as process challenge devices; and testing services. This segment also distributes chemical indicators that are used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes; and cleaning indicators, which are used to assess the effectiveness of cleaning processes. The company's Cold Chain Monitoring segment offers systems, which are used to monitor various environmental parameters, such as temperature, humidity, and differential pressure for use in hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, blood banks, pharmacies, and laboratory environments; parameter monitoring services for products in a cold chain; and consulting services. Its Cold Chain Packaging segment offers packaging development consulting services and thermal packaging products. The company markets its products through distributors in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, Canada, and Central America. Mesa Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado.

About Elbit Vision Systems

Elbit Vision Systems Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets automatic vision inspection and quality monitoring systems worldwide. The company offers vision inspection systems, such as IQ-TEX for the visual inspection and quality monitoring of woven fabrics; and IQ-TEX Lite for the visual inspection and quality monitoring of knitted, non-woven, tire cord, film, metal, coated, and technical fabrics. Its vision inspection systems also include Broken Filaments Analyzer for the detection of broken filament defects in glass fabric; and On Loom Inspection, an automatic visual quality inspection system that monitors selected fabric types, such as carbon, tire cord, and other technical fabrics while weaving. The company also provides accessories comprising invisible ink or sticker marking units, alarm sets, IR ink for marking, and external connecting devices for marking and measuring, as well as services related to automatic vision inspection and quality monitoring systems. It sells its products through in-house sales personnel and independent sales representatives. Elbit Vision Systems Ltd. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Caesarea, Israel.

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