Quotient (NASDAQ: RIOT) and Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ:RIOT) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quotient and Riot Blockchain’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quotient $24.73 million 15.76 -$82.33 million ($2.02) -3.56
Riot Blockchain $170,000.00 468.77 -$19.84 million ($2.71) -2.10

Riot Blockchain has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Quotient. Quotient is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Riot Blockchain, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Quotient has a beta of 0.17, indicating that its share price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Riot Blockchain has a beta of 2.5, indicating that its share price is 150% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

49.3% of Quotient shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.4% of Riot Blockchain shares are held by institutional investors. 17.4% of Quotient shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Riot Blockchain shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Quotient and Riot Blockchain’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quotient -338.43% N/A -67.83%
Riot Blockchain -1,384.31% -153.23% -111.87%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Quotient and Riot Blockchain, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quotient 0 0 2 0 3.00
Riot Blockchain 0 0 1 0 3.00

Quotient presently has a consensus target price of $11.50, suggesting a potential upside of 59.72%. Riot Blockchain has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 76.06%. Given Riot Blockchain’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Riot Blockchain is more favorable than Quotient.

Summary

Quotient beats Riot Blockchain on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quotient

Quotient Limited, a commercial-stage diagnostics company, develops, manufactures, and commercializes conventional reagent products used for blood grouping in the transfusion diagnostics market worldwide. The company is developing MosaiQ, a proprietary technology platform, which provides tests for blood grouping and serological disease screening. Its conventional reagent products for blood grouping include antisera products that are used to identify blood-group antigens; reagent red blood cells, which enable the identification of blood-group antibodies; whole blood control products for use as daily quality assurance tests; and ancillary products that are used to support blood grouping. The company sells its products to hospitals, donor collection agencies, independent testing laboratories, original equipment manufacturers, and blood banking operation and other diagnostics companies. Quotient Limited was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Eysins, Switzerland.

About Riot Blockchain

Riot Blockchain, Inc. focuses on building, supporting, and operating blockchain technologies, primarily through its cryptocurrency mining operations and other developed businesses, as well as joint ventures, acquisitions, and targeted investments in the sector. Its primary focus is on Bitcoin and general blockchain technology. The company leverages its expertise and network to build and support blockchain technology companies. It builds a cryptocurrency mining operation and operates specialized computers that generate cryptocurrency, primarily Bitcoin. The company also holds interests in various activities, including purchasing and selling cryptocurrencies; providing accounting, audit, and verification services for blockchain based assets, such as cryptocurrencies; and developing TessPay, a payments ecosystem for component and sub-component supply chain settlements, and other blockchain solutions for telecommunications companies. As of March 31, 2018, approximately 3,500 of the miners were installed and operating. The company was formerly known as Bioptix, Inc. and changed its name to Riot Blockchain, Inc. in October 2017. Riot Blockchain, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Castle Rock, Colorado.

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