Aethlon Medical (NASDAQ: AEMD) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Analytical instruments” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Aethlon Medical to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.4% of Aethlon Medical shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of shares of all “Analytical instruments” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Aethlon Medical shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.6% of shares of all “Analytical instruments” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Aethlon Medical has a beta of 1.93, meaning that its stock price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aethlon Medical’s peers have a beta of 1.10, meaning that their average stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Aethlon Medical and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aethlon Medical $150,000.00 -$5.67 million -2.28
Aethlon Medical Competitors $1.08 billion $109.59 million 25.14

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

Profitability

This table compares Aethlon Medical and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aethlon Medical N/A -126.58% -96.36%
Aethlon Medical Competitors -190.83% -33.65% -15.46%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Aethlon Medical and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aethlon Medical 0 0 1 0 3.00
Aethlon Medical Competitors 118 738 1092 51 2.54

Aethlon Medical currently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 185.71%. As a group, “Analytical instruments” companies have a potential upside of 3.99%. Given Aethlon Medical’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aethlon Medical is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Aethlon Medical peers beat Aethlon Medical on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Aethlon Medical

Aethlon Medical, Inc., a medical device company, focuses on creating devices that address unmet medical needs in health and biodefense worldwide. The company is developing Aethlon Hemopurifier, a clinical-stage therapeutic device that eliminates life-threatening viruses from the circulatory system of infected individuals. It is also involved in the development of exosomal biomarkers to diagnose and monitor life-threatening disease conditions, such as cancer and neurological disorders; and a therapeutic device to reduce the incidence of sepsis, a fatal bloodstream infection. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in San Diego, California.

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