Contrasting TrovaGene (TROV) & IRIS International (IRIS)

TrovaGene (NASDAQ: TROV) and IRIS International (NASDAQ:IRIS) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for TrovaGene and IRIS International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TrovaGene 1 1 1 0 2.00
IRIS International 0 0 0 0 N/A

TrovaGene currently has a consensus target price of $4.60, suggesting a potential upside of 576.47%. Given TrovaGene’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe TrovaGene is more favorable than IRIS International.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TrovaGene and IRIS International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TrovaGene $380,000.00 68.20 -$39.20 million ($1.04) -0.65
IRIS International N/A N/A N/A $0.04 203.75

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

Volatility and Risk

TrovaGene has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IRIS International has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares TrovaGene and IRIS International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TrovaGene -7,960.05% -259.94% -95.96%
IRIS International -61.58% -36.70% -29.47%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.1% of TrovaGene shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of IRIS International shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.4% of TrovaGene shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.7% of IRIS International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


IRIS International beats TrovaGene on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TrovaGene

Trovagene, Inc. (TrovaGene) is a molecular diagnostic company. The Company focuses on the development and commercialization of a molecular diagnostic technology for use in disease detection and monitoring across a range of medical disciplines. Its primary internal focus is to leverage its cell-free molecular diagnostic platform to facilitate improvements in the field of oncology, while its external focus includes entering into license agreements or collaborations to develop its technology in areas, such as infectious disease, transplant medicine and prenatal genetics. It has ongoing clinical collaborations to demonstrate the ability to determine and monitor mutational status and response to therapy in lung, colon, pancreatic and skin cancer. It uses its molecular diagnostic technology for the detection of cell-free deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) originating from diseased cell death that can be isolated and detected from urine, blood and tissue samples to develop disease management.

About IRIS International

Mitcham Industries, Inc. is a provider of equipment to the geophysical, oceanographic and hydrographic industries. The Company operates through two segments. The Equipment Leasing segment is primarily engaged in the leasing of seismic equipment to companies in the oil and gas industry across the world. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales segment is engaged in the design, production and sale of marine seismic equipment, and oceanographic and hydrographic equipment. Its leasing business includes Mitcham Canada ULC, Seismic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd., Mitcham Seismic Eurasia LLC, Mitcham Europe Ltd. and Mitcham Marine Leasing Pte. Ltd. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales Segment includes its Seamap International Holdings Pte, Ltd. (Seamap) business and Klein Marine Systems, Inc. (Klein). Seamap designs, manufactures and sells a range of products for the seismic, hydrographic and offshore industries. Klein develops and manufactures high performance side scan sonar systems.

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