Biocept (BIOC) vs. IRIS International (IRIS) Critical Comparison

Biocept (NASDAQ: BIOC) and IRIS International (NASDAQ:IRIS) are both small-cap diagnostic & testing substances companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Biocept $3.22 million 6.01 -$18.39 million ($1.26) -0.51
IRIS International N/A N/A N/A $0.04 203.75

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Biocept -375.28% -328.27% -150.44%
IRIS International -61.58% -36.70% -29.47%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Biocept 0 0 2 0 3.00
IRIS International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Biocept currently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 368.75%. Given Biocept’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Biocept is more favorable than IRIS International.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.8% of Biocept shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of IRIS International shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Biocept shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.7% of IRIS International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Biocept has a beta of 2.9, meaning that its share price is 190% more 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.

Summary

IRIS International beats Biocept on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Biocept

Biocept, Inc. is an early commercial-stage molecular oncology diagnostics company. The Company develops and commercializes circulating tumor cell (CTC) and circulating tumor deoxyribonucleic acid (ctDNA), assays utilizing a standard blood sample, or liquid biopsy. The Company’s Target-Selector offering is based on an internally developed, microfluidics-based CTC capture and analysis platform, with enabling features that change how CTC testing can be used by clinicians by providing biomarker detection and monitoring requiring only a standard blood sample. The ctDNA technology enables mutation detection and is applicable to nucleic acid from CTCs or other sample types, such as blood plasma. The Company commercializes its Target-Selector assays for a range of solid tumor indications, such as breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), small cell lung cancer (SCLC), gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma.

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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