Scientific Industries (OTCMKTS:SCND) and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B (NYSE:BIO.B) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Scientific Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Scientific Industries and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scientific Industries 2.21% 3.63% 2.82%
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B 55.13% 3.72% 2.67%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Scientific Industries and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scientific Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B shares are owned by institutional investors. 33.4% of Scientific Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 30.1% of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Scientific Industries has a beta of 0.38, indicating that its stock price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Scientific Industries and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Scientific Industries $8.48 million 0.75 -$160,000.00 N/A N/A
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B $2.16 billion 3.81 $122.24 million N/A N/A

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B has higher revenue and earnings than Scientific Industries.

Summary

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B beats Scientific Industries on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Scientific Industries Company Profile

Scientific Industries, Inc. provides benchtop laboratory equipment, customized catalyst research instruments, and bioprocessing systems and products worldwide. It offers vortex mixers to mix the contents of test tubes, beakers, and other containers by placing such containers on a rotating cup or other attachments; various mixers and shakers, such as high speed touch mixers, mixers with an integral timer, cell disruptors, microplate mixers, vortex mixers incorporating digital control and display, and multi-vessel vortex mixers and orbital shakers. The company also provides benchtop multi-purpose rotators and rockers to rotate and rock various containers; refrigerated incubators and incubator shakers for shaking and stirring functions; and magnetic stirrers, including high/low programmable magnetic stirrers, four-place high/low programmable magnetic stirrers, and large volume magnetic and four-place general purpose stirrers in analog and digital versions. In addition, it offers AMI-300 catalyst characterization instrument for temperature-programmed catalyst characterization experiments; and catalyst research instrument products, such as reactor systems, high throughput systems, and micro-activity reactors. Further, the company provides bioprocessing systems comprising coaster systems using disposable sensors for vessels with volumes ranging from 250 milliliter to 5 liters; and mechanical balances, moisture analyzers, and force gauges, as well as pharmacy, laboratory, and industrial digital scales. Its products are used for research purposes by universities, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, national laboratories, medical device manufacturers, petrochemical companies, and other industries performing laboratory-scale research. The company markets its products under the Genie and Torbal brand names directly, as well as through laboratory equipment distributors and online. Scientific Industries, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Bohemia, New York.

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Class B Company Profile

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (Bio-Rad) is a manufacturer and distributor of its life science research and clinical diagnostics products. The Company operates through two segments: Life Science and Clinical Diagnostics. It manufactures and supplies the life science research, healthcare, analytical chemistry and other markets with a range of products and systems used to separate complex chemical and biological materials and to identify, analyze and purify their components. The Life Science segment develops, manufactures, sells and services reagents, apparatus and instruments used for biological research. The Clinical Diagnostics segment develops, manufactures, sells and services automated test systems, informatics systems, test kits and specialized quality controls for the healthcare market. As of December 31, 2016, Bio-Rad sold more than 8,000 products and services to a client base, including scientific research, healthcare, education and government customers around the world.

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