Milestone Scientific (NYSE: MLSS) is one of 33 publicly-traded companies in the “Surgical appliances & supplies” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Milestone Scientific to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.
Volatility & Risk
Milestone Scientific has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Milestone Scientific’s rivals have a beta of 0.67, indicating that their average share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Milestone Scientific and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Milestone Scientific Competitors||-208.64%||-62.70%||-25.26%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Milestone Scientific and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Milestone Scientific||$8.38 million||-$7.52 million||-11.63|
|Milestone Scientific Competitors||$1.25 billion||$176.03 million||40.45|
Milestone Scientific’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Milestone Scientific. Milestone Scientific is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
9.9% of Milestone Scientific shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.0% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are held by institutional investors. 36.5% of Milestone Scientific shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Milestone Scientific and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Milestone Scientific Competitors||375||1236||2017||104||2.50|
As a group, “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies have a potential downside of 1.97%. Given Milestone Scientific’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Milestone Scientific has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Milestone Scientific rivals beat Milestone Scientific on 7 of the 10 factors compared.
Milestone Scientific Company Profile
Milestone Scientific, Inc. develops computer-controlled anesthetic delivery devices for the medical and dental markets in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Dental and Medical. Its products include CompuDent System that are used to control the flow rate of the anesthesia during the injection, which allows virtually painless injections for various dental procedures, including routine fillings, implants, root canals, and crowns. The company also offers CompuFlo, a computer-controlled drug delivery system for the painless delivery of drugs, anesthetics, and other medicaments, as well as for the aspiration of bodily fluids or previously injected substances; and disposable injection handpiece for the tactile control during the injection. In addition, it provides CompuFlo Epidural, a computer controlled anesthesia system for use in various medical applications; CompuFlo Intra-Articular, a computer controlled injection system for administering corticosteroids and other medicaments; and CompuMed for use in various medical applications, such as plastic, hair restoration, and colorectal surgery, as well as podiatry, dermatology, orthopedics, and various other disciplines. Further, the company offers Cosmetic Botulinum Injection device for the pain free injection of botulinum toxin; Veterinary Nerve Block Anesthesia device; and other devices. Milestone Scientific, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Livingston, New Jersey.
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