Comparing Motus GI (MOTS) and Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO)

Motus GI (NASDAQ:MOTS) and Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.6% of Motus GI shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.7% of Inovio Pharmaceuticals shares are held by institutional investors. 9.4% of Inovio Pharmaceuticals shares are held by 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.


This table compares Motus GI and Inovio Pharmaceuticals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Motus GI N/A -135.72% -105.10%
Inovio Pharmaceuticals -252.95% -71.53% -53.05%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Motus GI and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Motus GI 0 0 5 0 3.00
Inovio Pharmaceuticals 0 0 4 0 3.00

Motus GI presently has a consensus target price of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 169.23%. Inovio Pharmaceuticals has a consensus target price of $10.75, suggesting a potential upside of 105.15%. Given Motus GI’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Motus GI is more favorable than Inovio Pharmaceuticals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Motus GI and Inovio Pharmaceuticals’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Motus GI $10,000.00 6,115.20 -$13.20 million ($1.28) -3.05
Inovio Pharmaceuticals $42.22 million 11.36 -$88.20 million ($1.09) -4.81

Motus GI has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Inovio Pharmaceuticals. Inovio Pharmaceuticals is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Motus GI, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Motus GI Company Profile

Motus GI Holdings, Inc. operates as a medical technology company to enhance the endoscopy outcomes and experiences in the United States and Israel. It focuses on the development and commercialization of the Pure-Vu system to enhance the colonoscopy experience and assist in the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer and other diseases of the rectum and colon. The company is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, develops active DNA immunotherapies and vaccines to prevent and treat cancers and infectious diseases. Its SynCon immunotherapy design has the ability to break the immune system's tolerance of cancerous cells, as well as is intended to facilitate cross-strain protection against known, as well as new unmatched strains of pathogens, such as influenza. The company is involved in conducting and planning clinical programs of its proprietary SynCon immunotherapies for HPV-caused pre-cancers and cancers; prostate, breast, lung, and pancreatic cancers; hepatitis C virus; hepatitis B virus; human immunodeficiency virus; Ebola virus; middle east respiratory syndrome; and Zika virus. Its partners and collaborators include MedImmune, LLC, The Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania, GeneOne Life Science Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Genentech, Inc., Plumbline Life Sciences, Inc., the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Drexel University, National Microbiology Laboratory of the Public Health Agency of Canada, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, United States Military HIV Research Program, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, HIV Vaccines Trial Network, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.

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