Transgenomic (NASDAQ: PRPO) and Asterias Biotherapeutics (NYSE:AST) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

6.7% of Transgenomic shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Transgenomic shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Transgenomic and Asterias Biotherapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Transgenomic -536.28% N/A -108.93%
Asterias Biotherapeutics -2,762.03% -86.25% -66.19%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Transgenomic and Asterias Biotherapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Transgenomic N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Asterias Biotherapeutics $6.15 million 26.41 -$29.79 million N/A N/A

Transgenomic has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Asterias Biotherapeutics.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Transgenomic and Asterias Biotherapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Transgenomic 0 0 0 0 N/A
Asterias Biotherapeutics 0 0 2 0 3.00

Asterias Biotherapeutics has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 269.23%. Given Asterias Biotherapeutics’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Asterias Biotherapeutics is more favorable than Transgenomic.

About Transgenomic

Precipio, Inc., formerly Transgenomic, Inc., is a biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in advancing personalized medicine for the detection and treatment of cancer, and inherited diseases through its molecular technologies and clinical and research services. The Company operates through its Laboratory Services segment. The Company is engaged in the provision of its Multiplexed ICE COLD-PCR (MX-ICP) product to the clinical market, enabling the use of blood and other bodily fluids for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cancer. MX-ICP amplifies the ability to detect genetic mutations by approximately 100 to 400 fold. MX-ICP is validated internally on sequencing platforms, including Sanger, Next Gen Sequencing and Digital polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Its laboratory in Omaha, Nebraska is focused on providing genetic analytical services related to oncology and pharmacogenomics research services supporting Phase II and Phase III clinical trials conducted.

About Asterias Biotherapeutics

Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in developing and commercializing therapies in the fields of cell therapy and regenerative medicine. The Company has over two technology platforms. The first is an immunotherapy platform to teach cancer patients’ immune systems to attack their tumors. The second is pluripotent stem cell platform. Pluripotent cells are a type of stem cell capable of becoming all of the cell types in the human body. From its immunotherapy platform, the Company is developing over two programs. AST-VAC1 (telomerase loaded, autologous dendritic cells), which allows patient’s own cells to recognize and fight cancer cells in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Together with Cancer Research United Kingdom (CRUK), it is developing AST-VAC2 (telomerase loaded, -allogeneic dendritic cells), -derived from pluripotent stem cells. From its pluripotent stem cell platform, it is developing AST-OPC1, oligodendrocyte progenitor cells.

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