Midwest Energy Emissions (OTCMKTS:MEEC) and Abaxis (NASDAQ:ABAX) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Midwest Energy Emissions and Abaxis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Midwest Energy Emissions -43.83% N/A -70.47%
Abaxis N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Midwest Energy Emissions and Abaxis’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Midwest Energy Emissions $27.50 million 0.93 -$2.90 million ($0.03) -11.18
Abaxis N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Abaxis has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Midwest Energy Emissions.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Midwest Energy Emissions and Abaxis, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Midwest Energy Emissions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Abaxis 1 6 1 0 2.00

Abaxis has a consensus target price of $58.33, indicating a potential upside of ∞. Given Abaxis’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Abaxis is more favorable than Midwest Energy Emissions.

Dividends

Abaxis pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share. Midwest Energy Emissions does not pay a dividend. Abaxis has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.2% of Abaxis shares are held by institutional investors. 27.5% of Midwest Energy Emissions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of Abaxis shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Abaxis beats Midwest Energy Emissions on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Midwest Energy Emissions Company Profile

Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. operates as an environmental services and technology company. It focuses on the delivery of mercury capture technologies to coal-fired power plants in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The company is headquartered in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Abaxis Company Profile

Abaxis, Inc. develops, manufactures, markets, and sells portable blood analysis systems for use in human or veterinary patient care to provide rapid blood constituent measurements for clinicians worldwide. It operates in two segments, Medical Market and Veterinary Market. The company offers Piccolo chemistry analyzers with rapid blood constituent measurements for use in human patient care; and Piccolo profiles that are single-use medical reagents. It also provides VetScan VS2, a chemistry, electrolyte, immunoassay, and blood gas analyzer delivering results from a sample of whole blood, serum, or plasma; VetScan profiles, which are packaged as single-use plastic veterinary reagent discs; and VetScan HM5, VetScan HM2, VetScan HMII, and VetScan HMT hematology instruments, as well as reagent kits for veterinary applications. In addition, the company offers VetScan VSpro that assists the diagnosis and evaluation of suspected bleeding disorders, toxicity/poisoning, disseminated intravascular coagulation evaluation, hepatic disease, monitoring therapy, and disease progression states; VetScan VSpro coagulation test to evaluate prothrombin and the activated partial thromboplastin times; VetScan VSpro fibrinogen test for in-vitro determination of fibrinogen levels in equine platelet poor plasma from a citrated stabilized whole blood sample; i-STAT that delivers blood gas, electrolyte, chemistry, and hematology results; VetScan UA, a urinalysis solution; and VetScan SA, which is designed to perform urine microscopy. Further, it provides VetScan rapid tests for the detection of various diseases, as well as sells products developed through its patented Orbos discrete lyophilization process to companies for other applications. The company sells its products through direct sales force and independent distributors. Abaxis, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Union City, California.

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