Fluidigm (NASDAQ: FLDM) and NantHealth (NASDAQ:NH) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.3% of Fluidigm shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.1% of NantHealth shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Fluidigm shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 58.0% of NantHealth shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Fluidigm and NantHealth’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluidigm -68.27% -134.35% -17.77%
NantHealth -225.76% -46.09% -25.23%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fluidigm and NantHealth’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluidigm $104.45 million 2.24 -$75.98 million ($2.23) -2.71
NantHealth $100.38 million 3.23 -$184.10 million ($1.46) -2.05

Fluidigm has higher revenue and earnings than NantHealth. Fluidigm is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NantHealth, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Fluidigm and NantHealth, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluidigm 0 0 1 0 3.00
NantHealth 0 0 4 0 3.00

Fluidigm presently has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 49.01%. NantHealth has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 201.00%. Given NantHealth’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe NantHealth is more favorable than Fluidigm.

Summary

NantHealth beats Fluidigm on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fluidigm

Fluidigm Corporation creates, manufactures and markets technologies and life science tools focused on the exploration and analysis of single cells, as well as the industrial application of genomics, based upon the Company’s core microfluidics and mass cytometry technologies. The Company operates in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of life science tools for the life science and Ag-Bio industries segment. Its products include preparatory instruments, preparatory analytical instruments, analytical instruments, integrated fluidic circuits (IFCs), and assays and reagents. Its preparatory instruments include C1 Single-Cell Auto Prep System, Access Array System, Juno System and IFCs, and Callisto System and IFC. Its analytical instruments include Biomark HD System, EP1 System and Helios/CyTOF 2 System. Its assays and reagents include Delta Gene and SNP Type Assays, and Access Array Target-Specific Primers and Targeted Sequencing Prep Primers.

About NantHealth

NantHealth, Inc. is a healthcare cloud-based information technology (IT) company. The Company is engaged in converging science and technology through a single integrated clinical platform, to provide actionable health information at the point of care. The Company offers the Genomic Proteomic Spectrometry (GPS) Cancer test, a molecular test and decision support solution that measures the proteins present in the patient’s tumor tissue, combined with whole genomic and transcriptomic sequencing of tumor and normal samples. The Company also offers Nant Operating System (NantOS) and NantOS applications to healthcare providers and payors, self-insured employers and biopharmaceutical companies. It offers CLINICS, an integrated solution that includes GPS Cancer, NantOS and the NantOS applications. The CLINICS solution includes System Infrastructure, Knowledge Platform, Provider Platform and Payor Platform.

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