Bioanalytical Systems (NASDAQ:BASI) and Geovax Labs (OTCMKTS:GOVX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.7% of Bioanalytical Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Geovax Labs shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Bioanalytical Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Geovax Labs shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Bioanalytical Systems and Geovax Labs, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bioanalytical Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Geovax Labs 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Bioanalytical Systems and Geovax Labs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bioanalytical Systems -0.74% 2.89% 1.06%
Geovax Labs -290.02% N/A -422.86%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bioanalytical Systems and Geovax Labs’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bioanalytical Systems $26.35 million 0.51 -$190,000.00 N/A N/A
Geovax Labs $1.08 million 5.86 -$2.17 million ($0.03) -0.96

Bioanalytical Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Geovax Labs.

Volatility and Risk

Bioanalytical Systems has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geovax Labs has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Bioanalytical Systems beats Geovax Labs on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bioanalytical Systems Company Profile

Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. provides drug discovery and development services, and analytical instruments for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, and government organizations in the United States, rest of North America, the Pacific Rim, Europe, and internationally. It operates through Contract Research Services and Research Products segments. The Contract Research Services segment offers screening and pharmacological testing, preclinical safety testing, formulation development, regulatory compliance, and quality control testing services. It also provides in vivo sampling services for the continuous monitoring of chemical changes in life; preclinical and pathology services; product characterization, method development, and validation; bioanalytical testing to measure drug and metabolite concentrations in complex biological matrices; stability testing to establish and confirm product purity, potency, and shelf life; and climate-controlled archiving services for its customers' data and samples. The Research Products segment offers analytical products comprising liquid chromatographic and electrochemical instruments with associated accessories; in vivo sampling products consisting of Culex family of automated in vivo sampling and dosing instruments; and Vetronics' products, such as instruments and related software to monitor and diagnose cardiac function, and measure other vital physiological parameters in cats and dogs in veterinary clinics. Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Geovax Labs Company Profile

GeoVax Labs, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company, develops human vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer in the United States and internationally. The company through its patented Modified Vaccinia Ankara-Virus Like Particle vaccine platform develops various vaccines. It is developing various vaccines that are in human clinical trials, and preclinical research and development phases, including vaccines against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); Zika virus; malaria; and hemorrhagic fever viruses, such as Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, and Lassa, as well as therapeutic vaccines for chronic Hepatitis B infections and cancers. The company has collaboration and partnership agreements with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health; the HIV Vaccines Trial Network; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease; U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; Emory University; University of Pittsburgh; Georgia State University Research Foundation; Peking University; University of Texas Medical Branch; the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland; the Scripps Research Institute; the Burnet Institute; American Gene Technologies, Inc.; Viamune, Inc.; Vaxeal Holding SA; CaroGen Corporation; Virometix AG; and Leidos, Inc. GeoVax Labs, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is based in Smyrna, Georgia.

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