Accelerate Diagnostics (NASDAQ: AXDX) and Accuray (NASDAQ:ARAY) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.
This table compares Accelerate Diagnostics and Accuray’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
48.0% of Accelerate Diagnostics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of Accuray shares are owned by institutional investors. 50.0% of Accelerate Diagnostics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Accuray 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.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Accelerate Diagnostics and Accuray’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Accelerate Diagnostics||$250,000.00||6,371.00||-$66.37 million||($1.20)||-23.96|
|Accuray||$383.41 million||1.06||-$29.57 million||($0.34)||-14.26|
Accuray has higher revenue and earnings than Accelerate Diagnostics. Accelerate Diagnostics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Accuray, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of current ratings for Accelerate Diagnostics and Accuray, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Accelerate Diagnostics currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.78%. Accuray has a consensus price target of $7.17, indicating a potential upside of 47.77%. Given Accuray’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Accuray is more favorable than Accelerate Diagnostics.
Risk and Volatility
Accelerate Diagnostics has a beta of 2.17, meaning that its stock price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Accuray has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Accuray beats Accelerate Diagnostics on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Accelerate Diagnostics
Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. is an in vitro diagnostics company engaged in providing solutions that develop patient outcomes through the diagnosis of serious infections. The Company’s in vitro diagnostic platform, the Accelerate Pheno system utilizes genotypic technology to identify (ID), infectious pathogens and phenotypic technology to conduct antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST), which determines whether live bacterial or fungal cells are resistant or susceptible to a particular antibiotic. It detects and identifies pathogens directly from a single patient sample followed by antimicrobial susceptibility testing based on the identification results. The Accelerate PhenoTest BC Kit provides ID and AST results for patients suspected of bacteremia or fungemia, both life-threatening conditions with high morbidity and mortality risk. The Accelerate Pheno system features walk-away automation and consists of a fixed instrument and single-use test kit.
Accuray Incorporated is a radiation oncology company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets medical devices used in radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer patients. Its products include the CyberKnife Systems, the TomoTherapy Systems, and the Radixact Delivery Treatment Platform. Its technologies, the CyberKnife and TomoTherapy Systems, are designed to deliver treatments, including stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and adaptive radiation therapy. The CyberKnife Systems are robotic systems that are used to treat various types of cancer and tumors throughout the body. The CyberKnife Systems track, detect and correct for tumor and patient movement in real-time during the procedure. The TomoTherapy Systems include the TomoTherapy H Series with configuration options of TomoH, TomoHD and TomoHDA.
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