Aquabounty Technologies (NASDAQ:AQB) and MARINE HARVEST/S (OTCMKTS:MHGVY) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

53.8% of Aquabounty Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of MARINE HARVEST/S shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Aquabounty Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Aquabounty Technologies and MARINE HARVEST/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aquabounty Technologies N/A -47.25% -38.80%
MARINE HARVEST/S 14.72% 21.99% 12.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Aquabounty Technologies and MARINE HARVEST/S, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aquabounty Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
MARINE HARVEST/S 1 0 0 0 1.00

Aquabounty Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 61.29%. Given Aquabounty Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Aquabounty Technologies is more favorable than MARINE HARVEST/S.

Risk and Volatility

Aquabounty Technologies has a beta of -0.68, meaning that its share price is 168% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MARINE HARVEST/S has a beta of 0.05, meaning that its share price is 95% less volatile than the S&P 500.


MARINE HARVEST/S pays an annual dividend of $1.03 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Aquabounty Technologies does not pay a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aquabounty Technologies and MARINE HARVEST/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aquabounty Technologies $53.28 million 0.70 -$9.25 million ($1.06) -2.34
MARINE HARVEST/S $4.12 billion 1.28 $522.65 million N/A N/A

MARINE HARVEST/S has higher revenue and earnings than Aquabounty Technologies.


MARINE HARVEST/S beats Aquabounty Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aquabounty Technologies

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., a biotechnology company, develops and markets products to enhance productivity in aquaculture. It offers AquAdvantage Salmon, a genetically modified Atlantic salmon for human consumption. The company was formerly known as Aqua Bounty Farms, Inc. and changed its name to AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. in June 2004. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. is a subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation.


Marine Harvest ASA, a seafood company, produces and supplies farmed salmon products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Feed, Farming, and Sales and Marketing. It is involved in the salmon feed production, salmon farming and primary processing, and seafood secondary processing activities. The company offers whole gutted fish, including Label Rouge and organic salmon; and white fish and other seafood products, as well as fillets, steaks, cutlets, portions, loins, kebabs, and steak combos. It also provides value added products, such as breaded, pre-fried, dusted, marinated, grilled, battered, topped, filled with sauce, delicatessen, fresh fish ready meal, and smoked fish products. The company offers its products under the Pieters, The Irish Organic Salmon Company, Rebel Fish, Sterling, Olav's, Supreme Salmon, Ducktrap River, Kritsen, Donegal Silver, Harbour Salmon, Appeti'Marine, Mowi, Laschinger, and Admiral's brands. Marine Harvest ASA was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Bergen, Norway.

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