Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM) and Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. (NASDAQ:MTBC) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, risk and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Fluidigm Corporation has a beta of 3.45, indicating that its share price is 245% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.7% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.6% of Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 53.5% of Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Fluidigm Corporation and Medical Transcription Billing, Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluidigm Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. 0 0 1 0 3.00

Fluidigm Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 191.26%. Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. has a consensus price target of $2.25, indicating a potential upside of 55.16%. Given Fluidigm Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Fluidigm Corporation is more favorable than Medical Transcription Billing, Corp..

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fluidigm Corporation and Medical Transcription Billing, Corp.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluidigm Corporation $100.98 million 0.90 -$64.73 million ($2.46) -1.26
Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. $27.60 million 0.53 -$3.02 million ($1.08) -1.34

Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Fluidigm Corporation. Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fluidigm Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Fluidigm Corporation and Medical Transcription Billing, Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluidigm Corporation -74.05% -104.38% -18.13%
Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. -32.88% -59.52% -19.17%

Summary

Fluidigm Corporation beats Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. Company Profile

Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. is a healthcare information technology company that provides an integrated suite of Web-based solutions, together with related business services, to healthcare providers practicing in ambulatory care settings. The Company’s offering, PracticePro, allows healthcare practices with the core software and business services on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. PracticePro includes practice management software and related tools, which facilitate the day-to-day operation of a medical practice; electronic health records (EHR), which allow its customers to qualify for government incentives; revenue cycle management (RCM) services, which include medical billing, analytics and related services, and mobile Health (mHealth) solutions, including smartphone applications that assist patients and healthcare providers in the provision of healthcare services. The Company offers a clearinghouse service, which allows clients to track claim status.

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