Contrasting Scientific Industries (SCND) and Accelerate Diagnostics (AXDX)

Scientific Industries (OTCMKTS:SCND) and Accelerate Diagnostics (NASDAQ:AXDX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.5% of Accelerate Diagnostics shares are held by institutional investors. 31.9% of Scientific Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 47.6% of Accelerate Diagnostics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Scientific Industries has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Accelerate Diagnostics has a beta of 3.07, suggesting that its share price is 207% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Scientific Industries and Accelerate Diagnostics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scientific Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Accelerate Diagnostics 0 2 1 0 2.33

Accelerate Diagnostics has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential downside of 0.31%. Given Accelerate Diagnostics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Accelerate Diagnostics is more favorable than Scientific Industries.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Scientific Industries and Accelerate Diagnostics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Scientific Industries $8.48 million 0.82 -$160,000.00 N/A N/A
Accelerate Diagnostics $5.67 million 183.07 -$88.33 million ($1.62) -11.77

Scientific Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Accelerate Diagnostics.


Scientific Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Accelerate Diagnostics does not pay a dividend.


This table compares Scientific Industries and Accelerate Diagnostics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scientific Industries 5.17% 9.25% 7.05%
Accelerate Diagnostics -1,352.80% -130.94% -45.98%

Scientific Industries Company Profile

Scientific Industries, Inc. provides benchtop laboratory equipment, customized catalyst research instruments, and bioprocessing systems and products worldwide. It offers vortex mixers to mix the contents of test tubes, beakers, and other containers by placing such containers on a rotating cup or other attachments; and various mixers and shakers, such as high speed touch mixers, mixers with an integral timer, cell disruptors, microplate mixers, vortex mixers incorporating digital control and display, and multi-vessel vortex mixers and orbital shakers. The company also provides benchtop multi-purpose rotators and rockers to rotate and rock various containers; refrigerated incubators and incubator shakers for shaking and stirring functions; and magnetic stirrers, including high/low programmable magnetic stirrers, four-place high/low programmable magnetic stirrers, and large volume magnetic and four-place general purpose stirrers. In addition, it offers AMI-300 catalyst characterization instrument for temperature-programmed catalyst characterization experiments; and catalyst research instrument products, such as reactor systems, high throughput systems, and micro-activity reactors. Further, the company provides bioprocessing systems comprising coaster systems using disposable sensors for vessels with volumes ranging from 250 milliliter to 5 liters; and mechanical balances, moisture analyzers, and force gauges, as well as pharmacy, laboratory, and industrial digital scales. Its products are used for research purposes by universities, pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, national laboratories, medical device manufacturers, petrochemical companies, and other industries performing laboratory-scale research. The company markets its products under the Genie and Torbal brand names directly, as well as through laboratory equipment distributors and online. Scientific Industries, Inc. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Bohemia, New York.

Accelerate Diagnostics Company Profile

Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc., an in vitro diagnostics company, provides solutions for the diagnosis of serious infections in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. It offers Accelerate Pheno system, an in vitro diagnostic platform for the identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing of pathogens associated with serious or health care-associated infections, including gram-positive and gram-negative organisms, as well as yeast. The company was formerly known as Accelr8 Technology Corporation and changed its name to Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. in December 2012. Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

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