Varex Imaging (NASDAQ: VREX) and Oxford Immunotec Global PLC (NASDAQ:OXFD) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.7% of Varex Imaging shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.1% of Oxford Immunotec Global PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 7.6% of Oxford Immunotec Global PLC shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Varex Imaging and Oxford Immunotec Global PLC’s 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
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC -34.58% -35.76% -21.67%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Varex Imaging and Oxford Immunotec Global PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Varex Imaging 0 1 1 0 2.50
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC 0 0 3 0 3.00

Varex Imaging presently has a consensus target price of $33.50, indicating a potential upside of 4.36%. Oxford Immunotec Global PLC has a consensus target price of $21.33, indicating a potential upside of 35.97%. Given Oxford Immunotec Global PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is more favorable than Varex Imaging.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Varex Imaging and Oxford Immunotec Global PLC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Varex Imaging $654.50 million 1.85 $115.80 million N/A N/A
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC $97.44 million 3.72 -$23.66 million ($1.50) -10.46

Varex Imaging has higher revenue and earnings than Oxford Immunotec Global PLC.

Summary

Varex Imaging beats Oxford Immunotec Global PLC on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Varex Imaging

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.

About Oxford Immunotec Global PLC

Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is a diagnostics company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing tests for under-served immune-regulated conditions. The Company’s product lines and development activities principally focus on four areas: infectious diseases, transplantation, autoimmune and inflammatory disease and immune-oncology. Its T-SPOT.TB test is used to test for tuberculosis (TB), infection and leverages its T-SPOT technology platform, which allows it to measure the response of specific immune cells to inform the diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of patients with immune-regulated conditions. It offers a range of assays for tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, obtained through the acquisitions of Imugen and Immunetics. It has a series of assays for use in blood screening, building upon its expertise in tick-borne disease. Its T-SPOT. CMV and T-SPOT. PRT tests are part of its product line focused on the transplantation market.

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