Great Basin Scientific (NASDAQ: GBSN) and VWR Corporation (NASDAQ:VWR) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Great Basin Scientific has a beta of 5.09, meaning that its stock price is 409% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VWR Corporation has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Great Basin Scientific and VWR Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Great Basin Scientific 2,588.36% N/A 168.06%
VWR Corporation 3.12% 15.54% 4.69%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Great Basin Scientific and VWR Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Great Basin Scientific 0 0 0 0 N/A
VWR Corporation 0 3 1 0 2.25

VWR Corporation has a consensus target price of $29.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.39%. Given VWR Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe VWR Corporation is more favorable than Great Basin Scientific.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Great Basin Scientific and VWR Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Great Basin Scientific $3.15 million 0.04 -$30.80 million N/A N/A
VWR Corporation $4.58 billion 0.95 $492.10 million $1.08 30.65

VWR Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Great Basin Scientific.

Summary

VWR Corporation beats Great Basin Scientific on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Great Basin Scientific

Great Basin Scientific, Inc. is a molecular diagnostic testing company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of its molecular diagnostic platform designed to test for infectious diseases, especially hospital-acquired infections. Its commercially available tests are clostridium difficile (C. diff) and Group B Strep. Its system includes an analyzer and a diagnostic cartridge. Each analyzer contains a module into, which individual test cartridges are placed. Its other diagnostic assays in the late stages of product development include a pre-surgical nasal screen for Staphylococcus aureus (SA), food borne pathogen panel, panel for candida blood infections, test for pertussis and a test for Chlamydia tracomatis (CT)/Neisseria gonorrhea (NG). The Company also has a pipeline of assays in an early stage of development, including respiratory testing and sepsis (blood infection) panels. It markets a platform of molecular testing in small to medium sized hospitals.

About VWR Corporation

VWR Corporation is a provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers. The Company offers a portfolio of branded and private label laboratory products, services and solutions to the life science, general research and applied markets. The Company operates in two segments: Americas and EMEA-APAC. The Americas segment consists of operations located principally in the United States and Canada, as well as in Puerto Rico, Mexico and select countries in Central and South America, including Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. As of December 31, 2016, the Americas segment included 67 facilities located in eight countries. As of December 31, 2016, the EMEA-APAC segment consisted of its operations located principally in Europe, as well as in certain Asia-Pacific countries, and included 110 facilities located in 26 countries. The Company’s portfolio includes chemicals, reagents, consumables, durable products and scientific equipment and instruments.

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