Oxford Immunotec Global PLC (NASDAQ: OXFD) and WaferGen Bio-systems (NASDAQ:WGBS) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitabiliy, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Oxford Immunotec Global PLC and WaferGen Bio-systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC 0 0 1 0 3.00
WaferGen Bio-systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Oxford Immunotec Global PLC currently has a consensus target price of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.39%. Given Oxford Immunotec Global PLC’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is more favorable than WaferGen Bio-systems.

Profitability

This table compares Oxford Immunotec Global PLC and WaferGen Bio-systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC -25.83% -31.48% -22.01%
WaferGen Bio-systems -153.30% -463.27% -111.39%

Volatility & Risk

Oxford Immunotec Global PLC has a beta of -0.11, suggesting that its stock price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WaferGen Bio-systems has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Oxford Immunotec Global PLC and WaferGen Bio-systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC $90.47 million 4.21 -$22.95 million ($1.05) -15.82
WaferGen Bio-systems N/A N/A N/A ($6.30) -1.10

WaferGen Bio-systems has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Oxford Immunotec Global PLC. Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WaferGen Bio-systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.5% of Oxford Immunotec Global PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.8% of WaferGen Bio-systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.6% of Oxford Immunotec Global PLC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of WaferGen Bio-systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Oxford Immunotec Global PLC beats WaferGen Bio-systems on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Oxford Immunotec Global PLC Company Profile

Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is a diagnostics company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing tests for under-served immune-regulated conditions. The Company’s product lines and development activities principally focus on four areas: infectious diseases, transplantation, autoimmune and inflammatory disease and immune-oncology. Its T-SPOT.TB test is used to test for tuberculosis (TB), infection and leverages its T-SPOT technology platform, which allows it to measure the response of specific immune cells to inform the diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of patients with immune-regulated conditions. It offers a range of assays for tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, obtained through the acquisitions of Imugen and Immunetics. It has a series of assays for use in blood screening, building upon its expertise in tick-borne disease. Its T-SPOT. CMV and T-SPOT. PRT tests are part of its product line focused on the transplantation market.

WaferGen Bio-systems Company Profile

WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. (WaferGen) is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of genomic technology solutions for single-cell analysis (SCA) and clinical research. The Company focuses on marketing an open format genetic analysis system, the WaferGen SmartChip System. The Company’s ICELL8 Single-Cell System is a platform that can isolate a range of single cells and process specific cells for analysis, including Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). ICELL8 is based upon the Company’s SmartChip platform, which is also used for profiling and validating molecular biomarkers. The Company’s SmartChip is a micro-fabricated chip comprising a range of massively-parallel micro wells that are physically separated from each other. It offers SmartChip System Capabilities, SmartChip Single-Cell Isolation System, SmartChip Target Enrichment (TE) System and Apollo 324 Library Preparation.

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