Reviewing Liquidia Technologies (LQDA) and 3M (MMM)

Liquidia Technologies (NASDAQ:LQDA) and 3M (NYSE:MMM) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Liquidia Technologies and 3M’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liquidia Technologies N/A N/A N/A
3M 13.44% 51.31% 15.64%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.1% of 3M shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of 3M shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Liquidia Technologies and 3M’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liquidia Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3M $31.66 billion 3.70 $4.86 billion $9.17 21.79

3M has higher revenue and earnings than Liquidia Technologies.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Liquidia Technologies and 3M, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liquidia Technologies 0 0 4 0 3.00
3M 3 6 7 0 2.25

Liquidia Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $29.50, indicating a potential upside of 9.34%. 3M has a consensus target price of $228.53, indicating a potential upside of 14.35%. Given 3M’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe 3M is more favorable than Liquidia Technologies.

Dividends

3M pays an annual dividend of $5.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Liquidia Technologies does not pay a dividend. 3M pays out 59.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 3M has increased its dividend for 59 consecutive years.

Summary

3M beats Liquidia Technologies on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Liquidia Technologies Company Profile

There is no company description available for Liquidia Technologies Inc.

3M Company Profile

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. The company's Industrial segment offers tapes; coated, non-woven, and bonded abrasives; adhesives; ceramics; sealants; specialty materials; purification products; closure systems for personal hygiene products; acoustic systems products; automotive components; and abrasion-resistant films, and paint finishing and detailing products. Its Safety and Graphics Business segment provides personal protection products, transportation safety products, commercial graphics systems, commercial cleaning and protection products, floor matting, roofing granules for asphalt shingles, and fall protection products. The company's Health Care segment offers medical and surgical supplies, skin health and infection prevention products, inhalation and transdermal drug delivery systems, dental and orthodontic products, health information systems, and food safety products. Its Electronics and Energy segment provides optical films; packaging and interconnection devices; insulating and splicing solutions; touch screens and touch monitors; renewable energy component solutions; and infrastructure protection products. The company's Consumer segment offers sponges, scouring pads, high-performance cloths, repositionable notes, indexing systems, home improvement and care products, and protective materials; and consumer and office tapes and adhesives. It serves automotive, electronics and automotive electrification, appliance, paper and printing, packaging, food and beverage, construction, medical clinics and hospitals, pharmaceuticals, dental and orthodontic practitioners, health information systems, food manufacturing and testing, consumer and office retail, office business to business, home improvement, drug and pharmacy retail, and other markets directly, as well as through wholesalers, retailers, jobbers, distributors, and dealers. The company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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