Oxford Immunotec Global (NASDAQ:OXFD) and Akers Biosciences (NASDAQ:AKER) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Oxford Immunotec Global and Akers Biosciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oxford Immunotec Global -12.51% -41.15% -24.11%
Akers Biosciences -346.69% -107.79% -85.96%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.2% of Oxford Immunotec Global shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.2% of Akers Biosciences shares are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Oxford Immunotec Global shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of Akers Biosciences shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Oxford Immunotec Global and Akers Biosciences’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oxford Immunotec Global $103.08 million 4.32 -$32.88 million ($1.36) -12.42
Akers Biosciences $3.93 million 2.84 -$7.36 million N/A N/A

Akers Biosciences has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Oxford Immunotec Global.

Volatility & Risk

Oxford Immunotec Global has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Akers Biosciences has a beta of -0.86, meaning that its share price is 186% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Oxford Immunotec Global and Akers Biosciences, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oxford Immunotec Global 0 0 2 0 3.00
Akers Biosciences 0 0 0 0 N/A

Oxford Immunotec Global presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.49%. Given Oxford Immunotec Global’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Oxford Immunotec Global is more favorable than Akers Biosciences.

Summary

Oxford Immunotec Global beats Akers Biosciences on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Oxford Immunotec Global Company Profile

Oxford Immunotec Global PLC, a diagnostics company, focuses on developing and commercializing proprietary tests for underserved immune-regulated conditions. Its development activities principally focus on the areas of infectious diseases, transplantation, autoimmune and inflammatory disease, and immune-oncology. The company develops its products using its T-SPOT technology platform, which enables the measurement of responses of specific immune cells to inform the diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring of patients with immune-regulated conditions. It develops and markets T-SPOT.TB test used to test for tuberculosis. The company is also developing a range of assays for tick-borne diseases, such as lyme disease, as well as for use in screening blood for the parasite babesia microti that causes babesiosis; and T-SPOT.CMV test that measures the strength of a patient's cellular response to CMV infection. Oxford Immunotec Global PLC markets its T-SPOT.TB test through a direct sales force in the United States, certain European countries, and Japan, as well as through distributors in other parts of the world. Oxford Immunotec Global PLC was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Abingdon, the United Kingdom.

Akers Biosciences Company Profile

Akers Biosciences, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and supplies rapid screening and testing products designed to deliver healthcare information to healthcare providers and consumers in the United States, the People's Republic of China, and internationally. The company's marketed products include BreathScan, a disposable breath alcohol detector; BreathScan PRO, a quantitative breath alcohol detection system; METRON, a disposable breath ketone device to monitor ketosis; and BreathScan Lync, a non-invasive, quantitative measurement of biological markers for health and wellness. Its marketed products also include PIFA Heparin/PF4 and PIFA PLUSS PF4 rapid tests for Heparin/PF4 antibodies to detect an allergy to the used blood thinner, Heparin; seraSTAT, a rapid blood cell separator; Tri-Cholesterol ‘Check', a rapid test for total and high density lipoprotein cholesterol and estimates low density lipo protein; and BreathScan OxiCHek, a breath test for oxidative stress using the Lync reader and digital app. The company's pipeline products comprise Breath Diabetic Ketoacidosis, a disposable breath ketone device for diabetic monitoring; Breath PulmoHealth ‘Check', a suite of breath tests for biomarkers indicating asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer; PIFA PLUSS Chlamydia, a rapid test for sexually transmitted diseases; and BreathScan KetoChek, a breath test for ketosis using the Lync reader and digital app. Akers Biosciences, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Thorofare, New Jersey.

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