Omnicell (NASDAQ: OMCL) and Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.4% of Omnicell shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.9% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Omnicell shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Omnicell and Fluidigm Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Omnicell $680.15 million 2.70 $42.68 million ($0.22) -223.18
Fluidigm Corporation $96.72 million 1.58 -$62.62 million ($2.46) -2.11

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Omnicell and Fluidigm Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Omnicell 0 1 6 0 2.86
Fluidigm Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Omnicell currently has a consensus price target of $51.57, suggesting a potential upside of 5.03%. Fluidigm Corporation has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 73.08%. Given Fluidigm Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Fluidigm Corporation is more favorable than Omnicell.

Volatility & Risk

Omnicell has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fluidigm Corporation has a beta of 3.36, indicating that its stock price is 236% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Omnicell and Fluidigm Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Omnicell -1.14% 0.41% 0.19%
Fluidigm Corporation -74.05% -121.04% -18.55%

Summary

Omnicell beats Fluidigm Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Omnicell

Omnicell, Inc. provides automation and business analytics software solutions for patient-centric medication and supply management across the entire healthcare continuum, from the acute care hospital setting to post-acute skilled nursing and long-term care facilities to the home. It operates through two segments: Automation and Analytics, and Medication Adherence. The Automation and Analytics segment is engaged in the design, manufacturing, selling and servicing of medication and supply dispensing systems, pharmacy inventory management systems and related software. The Medication Adherence segment includes the development, manufacturing and selling of consumable medication blister cards, packaging equipment, medication synchronization platform, and ancillary products and services. Its products are used to manage medication administration outside of the hospital setting and include medication adherence products sold under the brand name MTS, Surgichem, SureMed and the Omnicell brand.

About Fluidigm Corporation

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.

Receive News & Ratings for Omnicell Inc. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Omnicell Inc. and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.