VAREX IMAGING (NASDAQ: VREX) and HTG Molecular Diagnostics (NASDAQ:HTGM) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares VAREX IMAGING and HTG Molecular Diagnostics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VAREX IMAGING N/A N/A N/A
HTG Molecular Diagnostics -432.74% -1,538.49% -131.17%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for VAREX IMAGING and HTG Molecular Diagnostics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VAREX IMAGING 0 1 1 0 2.50
HTG Molecular Diagnostics 0 1 2 0 2.67

VAREX IMAGING presently has a consensus target price of $33.50, suggesting a potential upside of 16.85%. HTG Molecular Diagnostics has a consensus target price of $6.17, suggesting a potential upside of 193.65%. Given HTG Molecular Diagnostics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe HTG Molecular Diagnostics is more favorable than VAREX IMAGING.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.2% of VAREX IMAGING shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.1% of HTG Molecular Diagnostics shares are held by institutional investors. 7.6% of HTG Molecular Diagnostics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VAREX IMAGING and HTG Molecular Diagnostics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VAREX IMAGING $654.50 million 1.65 $116.10 million N/A N/A
HTG Molecular Diagnostics $5.64 million 3.55 -$21.68 million ($3.01) -0.70

VAREX IMAGING has higher revenue and earnings than HTG Molecular Diagnostics.

Summary

VAREX IMAGING beats HTG Molecular Diagnostics on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

VAREX IMAGING Company Profile

Varex Imaging Corporation is a supplier of medical X-ray tubes and image processing solutions. The Company’s segments include Medical and Industrial. The X-ray imaging system manufacturers use the Company’s components for medical imaging, cargo screening and border security, to detect, diagnose and protect. The Medical business segment designs, manufactures, sells and services X-ray imaging components for use in a range of applications, including radiographic or fluoroscopic imaging, mammography, special procedures, computed tomography, radiation therapy and computer-aided detection. The Industrial business segment designs, manufactures, sells and services products for use in security and industrial inspection applications, such as cargo screening at ports and borders and non-destructive examination in a range of applications.

HTG Molecular Diagnostics Company Profile

HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. is a commercial-stage company that develops and markets a technology platform to facilitate the routine use of complex molecular profiling. The Company’s HTG Edge and HTG EdgeSeq platforms, consisting of instrumentation, consumables and software analytics, are used in sample profiling applications, including tumor profiling, molecular diagnostic testing and biomarker development. The Company’s HTG Edge and HTG EdgeSeq platforms automate the molecular profiling of genes and gene activity using its nuclease protection chemistry on a range of biological samples. The Company’s HTG EdgeSeq chemistry, together with its HTG Edge or HTG EdgeSeq instrumentation and software, automates and adapts its nuclease protection chemistry to enable analysis using next generation sequencing (NGS) instrumentation. The HTG EdgeSeq system utilizes substantially the same sample preparation reagents as its original chemistry, but allows for read out on an NGS instrument.

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