Metabolix (NASDAQ: YTEN) is one of 210 publicly-traded companies in the “Biotechnology & Medical Research” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Metabolix to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Metabolix and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Metabolix -743.10% -191.85% -99.83%
Metabolix Competitors -3,633.37% -120.39% -44.03%

Risk & Volatility

Metabolix has a beta of 3.54, suggesting that its stock price is 254% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Metabolix’s rivals have a beta of 1.53, suggesting that their average stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Metabolix and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Metabolix $1.16 million -$7.60 million -0.81
Metabolix Competitors $232.45 million -$38.21 million -56.97

Metabolix’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Metabolix. Metabolix is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Metabolix and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Metabolix 0 0 0 0 N/A
Metabolix Competitors 519 2518 6725 127 2.65

As a group, “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies have a potential upside of 18.06%. Given Metabolix’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Metabolix has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.2% of Metabolix shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.0% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of Metabolix shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.7% of shares of all “Biotechnology & Medical Research” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Metabolix rivals beat Metabolix on 6 of the 9 factors compared.

About Metabolix

Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., formerly Metabolix, Inc., is an agricultural bioscience company. The Company is focused on developing disruptive technologies for step-change improvements in crop yield for food and feed crops to enhance global food security. By working on new approaches to improve fundamental elements of plant photosynthetic efficiency and optimizing carbon metabolism to direct more carbon to seed production, the Company is advancing several yield traits it has developed in crops, such as Camelina, canola, soybean and corn. The Company concentrates on technologies that enables it to improve carbon dioxide fixation efficiency in photosynthesis and its direction to and conversion into plant matter. The Company has an additional agricultural science facility with greenhouses in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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