WaferGen Bio-systems (NASDAQ: WGBS) and Myriad Genetics (NASDAQ:MYGN) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

49.8% of WaferGen Bio-systems shares are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of WaferGen Bio-systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of Myriad Genetics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

WaferGen Bio-systems has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Myriad Genetics has a beta of 0.28, meaning that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for WaferGen Bio-systems and Myriad Genetics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WaferGen Bio-systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Myriad Genetics 2 7 1 0 1.90

Myriad Genetics has a consensus target price of $24.67, indicating a potential downside of 29.24%. Given Myriad Genetics’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Myriad Genetics is more favorable than WaferGen Bio-systems.

Profitability

This table compares WaferGen Bio-systems and Myriad Genetics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WaferGen Bio-systems -153.30% -463.27% -111.39%
Myriad Genetics 2.83% 9.67% 5.75%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares WaferGen Bio-systems and Myriad Genetics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WaferGen Bio-systems N/A N/A N/A ($6.30) -1.10
Myriad Genetics $771.40 million 3.13 $97.70 million $0.32 108.94

Myriad Genetics has higher revenue and earnings than WaferGen Bio-systems. WaferGen Bio-systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Myriad Genetics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Myriad Genetics beats WaferGen Bio-systems on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Myriad Genetics Company Profile

Myriad Genetics, Inc. is a molecular diagnostic company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and marketing of transformative molecular diagnostic tests. The Company operates through two segments: diagnostics and other. The diagnostics segment provides testing and collaborative development of testing that is designed to assess an individual’s risk for developing disease later in life, identify a patient’s likelihood of responding to drug therapy and guide a patient’s dosing to enable optimal treatment, or assess a patient’s risk of disease progression and disease recurrence. The other segment provides testing products and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical research industries, research and development, and clinical services for patients, and also includes corporate services, such as finance, human resources, legal and information technology. Its molecular diagnostic tests include myRisk Hereditary Cancer, BRACAnalysis CDx and COLARIS.

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