Biocept (NASDAQ: BIOC) and Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Biocept has a beta of 3.01, indicating that its share price is 201% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natera has a beta of 2.46, indicating that its share price is 146% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Biocept and Natera, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Biocept 0 0 3 0 3.00
Natera 0 0 3 0 3.00

Biocept currently has a consensus price target of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 92.31%. Natera has a consensus price target of $16.67, indicating a potential upside of 101.05%. Given Natera’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Natera is more favorable than Biocept.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.8% of Biocept shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.5% of Natera shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.7% of Biocept shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.9% of Natera shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Biocept and Natera’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Biocept $4.68 million 7.39 -$17.28 million ($1.65) -0.79
Natera $202.07 million 2.17 -$114.96 million ($2.38) -3.48

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

Profitability

This table compares Biocept and Natera’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Biocept -383.29% -1,177.51% -204.76%
Natera -60.89% -101.63% -55.28%

Summary

Natera beats Biocept on 7 of the 11 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.

Natera Company Profile

Natera, Inc. is a diagnostics company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of genetic testing services. It offers Panorama Non-Invasive Prenatal Test that screens for chromosomal abnormalities of a fetus with a blood draw from the mother; Horizon Carrier Screening to determine carrier status for a large number of severe genetic diseases that could be passed on to the carrier’s children; Spectrum Pre-implantation Genetic Screening and Spectrum Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis to analyze chromosomal anomalies or inherited genetic conditions during an in vitro fertilization cycle to select embryos with the probability of becoming healthy children; Anora Products of Conception test to analyze fetal chromosomes to understand the cause of miscarriage, and Non-Invasive Paternity Testing, to determine paternity by analyzing the fragments of fetal deoxyribonucleic acid in a pregnant mother’s blood and a blood sample from the alleged father(s).

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