NicOx (OTCMKTS:NICXF) and ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:ASHTY) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for NicOx and ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NicOx 0 0 1 0 3.00
ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.59 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. NicOx does not pay a dividend. ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR pays out 8.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.5% of ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. 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

NicOx has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares NicOx and ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NicOx N/A N/A N/A
ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR 28.22% 28.90% 10.56%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NicOx and ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NicOx $20,000.00 9,104.48 -$21.09 million N/A N/A
ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR $4.53 billion 2.71 $1.30 billion $6.73 14.81

ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than NicOx.

Summary

ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR beats NicOx on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NicOx

Nicox S.A., an ophthalmic company, researches, develops, and markets therapies that target various ophthalmic conditions in France and internationally. The company's product pipeline includes VyzultaTM, an intraocular pressure-lowering treatment; and NCX 470, a nitric oxide (NO)-donating candidate to treat glaucoma, as well as stand-alone NO donors for specific applications in ophthalmic diseases. It also develops ZERVIATE, an eye drop formulation of cetirizine for allergic conjunctivitis; NCX 4280, an ophthalmic solution that targets morning ocular congestion; and NCX 4251, a patented formulation of fluticasone propionate to treat blepharitis. The company has collaborations with Bausch + Lomb, Astra Zeneca, Merck, Pfizer, and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as well as Novaliq GmbH. Nicox S.A. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Valbonne, France.

About ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR

Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, rents a range of construction and industrial equipment. It offers equipment for use in lifting, powering, generation, moving, digging, compacting, drilling, supporting, scrubbing, pumping, directing, heating, and ventilating works. The company provides various types of construction equipment for non-residential construction markets; and facilities management equipment for the maintenance and repair of facilities. It also offers disaster relief equipment, such as pumps and power generation equipment for various applications, such as assisting at times of flooding due to weather and burst water supply; power generation, lighting, and other equipment for super bowl events, sporting events, music concerts, and festivals; and climate control equipment, including cooling, heating, and dehumidification equipment to the construction, commercial, industrial, and events markets. In addition, the company rents and installs scaffolding solutions for access to new or existing structures; and offers portable traffic systems to facilitate engineering projects or clean-up after an accident. It serves construction, industrial, and homeowner customers, as well as government entities and specialist contractors. The company offers its equipment under the Sunbelt Rentals and A-Plant brands through 658 stores in 47 states in the United States; 54 stores in Canada; and 187 stores in the United Kingdom. Ashtead Group plc was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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