Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM) and HealthEquity (NASDAQ:HQY) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Fluidigm Corporation and HealthEquity’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluidigm Corporation -72.60% -94.93% -18.36%
HealthEquity 17.04% 11.61% 11.06%

Risk & Volatility

Fluidigm Corporation has a beta of 3.45, suggesting that its stock price is 245% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HealthEquity has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fluidigm Corporation and HealthEquity’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluidigm Corporation $100.98 million 0.91 -$64.73 million ($2.46) -1.28
HealthEquity $189.78 million 14.78 $57.61 million $0.54 86.61

HealthEquity has higher revenue and earnings than Fluidigm Corporation. Fluidigm Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HealthEquity, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Fluidigm Corporation and HealthEquity, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluidigm Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
HealthEquity 0 1 11 0 2.92

Fluidigm Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 185.71%. HealthEquity has a consensus target price of $49.75, suggesting a potential upside of 6.37%. Given Fluidigm Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Fluidigm Corporation is more favorable than HealthEquity.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.7% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.2% of HealthEquity shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.0% of HealthEquity shares are held by company 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.

Summary

HealthEquity beats Fluidigm Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fluidigm Corporation

Fluidigm Corporation creates, manufactures and markets technologies and life science tools focused on the exploration and analysis of single cells, as well as the industrial application of genomics, based upon the Company’s core microfluidics and mass cytometry technologies. The Company operates in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of life science tools for the life science and Ag-Bio industries segment. Its products include preparatory instruments, preparatory analytical instruments, analytical instruments, integrated fluidic circuits (IFCs), and assays and reagents. Its preparatory instruments include C1 Single-Cell Auto Prep System, Access Array System, Juno System and IFCs, and Callisto System and IFC. Its analytical instruments include Biomark HD System, EP1 System and Helios/CyTOF 2 System. Its assays and reagents include Delta Gene and SNP Type Assays, and Access Array Target-Specific Primers and Targeted Sequencing Prep Primers.

About HealthEquity

HealthEquity, Inc. provides a range of solutions for managing healthcare accounts (Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)) for health plans, insurance companies and third-party administrators. The Company is engaged in technology-enabled services platforms that allow consumers to make healthcare saving and spending decisions. Its platform provides an ecosystem where consumers can access their tax-advantaged healthcare savings, compare treatment options and pricing, evaluate and pay healthcare bills, receive personalized benefit and clinical information, earn wellness incentives and make educated investment choices to help in their tax-advantaged healthcare savings. Its products and services include healthcare saving and spending platform, health savings accounts, investment advisory services, reimbursement arrangements and healthcare incentives. Its ecosystem primarily consists of HSA.

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