Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM) is one of 18 public companies in the “Medical Software & Technology Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Fluidigm Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Fluidigm Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluidigm Corporation -74.05% -121.04% -18.55%
Fluidigm Corporation Competitors -17.51% -14.49% -2.46%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fluidigm Corporation and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluidigm Corporation $96.72 million -$62.62 million -2.07
Fluidigm Corporation Competitors $376.98 million $34.79 million 8.82

Fluidigm Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Fluidigm Corporation. Fluidigm Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Fluidigm Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluidigm Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Fluidigm Corporation Competitors 114 483 794 16 2.51

Fluidigm Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 76.82%. As a group, “Medical Software & Technology Services” companies have a potential upside of 16.77%. Given Fluidigm Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Fluidigm Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.9% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.1% of shares of all “Medical Software & Technology Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.9% of shares of all “Medical Software & Technology Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Fluidigm Corporation has a beta of 3.36, meaning that its share price is 236% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fluidigm Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.33, meaning that their average share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Fluidigm Corporation rivals beat Fluidigm Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Fluidigm Corporation Company Profile

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.

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