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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fluidigm Corporation and Veeva Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fluidigm Corporation $96.72 million 1.56 -$62.62 million ($2.46) -2.09
Veeva Systems $617.44 million 13.21 $154.55 million $0.79 73.72

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Fluidigm Corporation and Veeva Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fluidigm Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Veeva Systems 0 5 7 0 2.58

Fluidigm Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 75.44%. Veeva Systems has a consensus target price of $63.92, suggesting a potential upside of 9.75%. Given Fluidigm Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Fluidigm Corporation is more favorable than Veeva Systems.

Volatility & Risk

Fluidigm Corporation has a beta of 3.36, meaning that its share price is 236% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Veeva Systems has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Fluidigm Corporation and Veeva Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fluidigm Corporation -74.05% -121.04% -18.55%
Veeva Systems 18.98% 13.31% 9.69%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.9% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.5% of Veeva Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of Fluidigm Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.2% of Veeva Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

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

Fluidigm Corporation Company Profile

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.

Veeva Systems Company Profile

Veeva Systems Inc. (Veeva) is a provider of cloud-based software solutions for the global life sciences industry. The Company offers solutions for a range of requirements within life sciences companies, including multichannel customer relationship management, regulated content and information management, master data management and customer data. The Company offers solutions to areas, including the Veeva CRM family of applications for multichannel customer relationship management to enable coordinated and personalized customer engagement through multiple touch points; Veeva Vault for regulated content management and information management solutions to enable the management of content-centric processes; the Veeva Network master data management solutions for the management of customer master and product master data, and Veeva’s data and data services offerings, including Veeva OpenData for customer reference data and Veeva KOL Data for data.

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