Harvard Bioscience (NASDAQ: HBIO) is one of 80 publicly-traded companies in the “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Harvard Bioscience to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Harvard Bioscience and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Harvard Bioscience $104.52 million -$4.30 million -36.11
Harvard Bioscience Competitors $2.13 billion $229.91 million -28.08

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Harvard Bioscience -3.16% 1.11% 0.76%
Harvard Bioscience Competitors -311.25% -23.72% -9.30%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Harvard Bioscience and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harvard Bioscience 0 0 1 0 3.00
Harvard Bioscience Competitors 271 1878 3375 108 2.59

Harvard Bioscience presently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 84.62%. As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies have a potential downside of 7.95%. Given Harvard Bioscience’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Harvard Bioscience is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Harvard Bioscience has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Harvard Bioscience’s rivals have a beta of 1.27, indicating that their average share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.6% of Harvard Bioscience shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.2% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of Harvard Bioscience shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.4% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Harvard Bioscience beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Harvard Bioscience Company Profile

Harvard Bioscience, Inc. is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of a range of scientific instruments, systems and lab consumables used for basic research, drug discovery, clinical and environmental testing. The Company’s products are sold to thousands of researchers in over 100 countries through its global sales organization, Websites, catalogs and through distributors. The Company’s product range is organized into three commercial product families: Cell and Animal Physiology (CAP), Lab Products and Services (LPS), and Molecular Separation and Analysis (MSA). The Company sells these products under brand names, including Harvard Apparatus, KD Scientific, Denville Scientific, AHN, Hoefer, Biochrom, BTX, Warner Instruments, MCS, HEKA, Hugo Sachs Elektronik, Panlab, Coulbourn Instruments, TBSI and CMA Microdialysis. The Company’s products consist of instruments, consumables and systems that are made up of various individual products.

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