Financial Contrast: ImmuCell (ICCC) versus The Competition

ImmuCell (NASDAQ: ICCC) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Diagnostic substances” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare ImmuCell to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.0% of ImmuCell shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.6% of shares of all “Diagnostic substances” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of ImmuCell shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.1% of shares of all “Diagnostic substances” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ImmuCell and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ImmuCell 0 0 1 0 3.00
ImmuCell Competitors 321 831 1039 96 2.40

ImmuCell currently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 181.12%. As a group, “Diagnostic substances” companies have a potential downside of 4.84%. Given ImmuCell’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ImmuCell is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares ImmuCell and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ImmuCell -10.98% -5.35% -3.98%
ImmuCell Competitors -1,029.72% -22.21% -26.41%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ImmuCell and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
ImmuCell $13.72 million -$1.30 million -26.21
ImmuCell Competitors $408.45 million -$6.78 million 119.28

ImmuCell’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than ImmuCell. ImmuCell is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

ImmuCell has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ImmuCell’s competitors have a beta of 1.77, indicating that their average share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

ImmuCell beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About ImmuCell

ImmuCell Corporation, an animal health company, develops, acquires, manufactures, and sells products that enhance the health and productivity of dairy and beef cattle in the United States and internationally. The company offers First Defense, an orally delivered scours preventive product for calves; and Tri-Shield First Defense, a passive antibody product for the treatment of E. coli, coronavirus, and rotavirus. It also provides California Mastitis Test that is used to detect somatic cell counts in milk, as well as to determine, which quarter of the udder is mastitic. In addition, the company is involved in developing Re-Tain, a Nisin-based treatment of subclinical mastitis in lactating dairy cows; and offers Dual-Force First Defense, including a whey protein concentrate for the nutritional and feed supplement markets. ImmuCell Corporation sells its products through animal health distributors. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Portland, Maine.

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