Comparing Mesa Laboratories (NASDAQ:MLAB) and Clearsign Combustion (NASDAQ:CLIR)

Mesa Laboratories (NASDAQ:MLAB) and Clearsign Combustion (NASDAQ:CLIR) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Mesa Laboratories has a beta of 0.32, meaning that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearsign Combustion has a beta of 0.32, meaning that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mesa Laboratories and Clearsign Combustion’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mesa Laboratories $103.14 million 8.55 $7.48 million $5.37 42.11
Clearsign Combustion $530,000.00 52.39 -$9.50 million N/A N/A

Mesa Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than Clearsign Combustion.


Mesa Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Clearsign Combustion does not pay a dividend. Mesa Laboratories pays out 11.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Mesa Laboratories and Clearsign Combustion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mesa Laboratories 7.26% 19.88% 13.47%
Clearsign Combustion N/A -62.73% -56.71%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.9% of Mesa Laboratories shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.7% of Clearsign Combustion shares are held by institutional investors. 15.0% of Mesa Laboratories shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 29.2% of Clearsign Combustion shares 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Mesa Laboratories and Clearsign Combustion, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mesa Laboratories 0 1 0 0 2.00
Clearsign Combustion 0 0 0 0 N/A


Mesa Laboratories beats Clearsign Combustion on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mesa Laboratories

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets quality control instruments and disposable products. The company's Instruments segment offers data loggers, which are precision instruments used in critical manufacturing, quality control, and validation applications; medical meters and calibration solutions used to test various parameters of the dialysis fluid, and the calibration and operation of the dialysis machine; gas flow calibration and air sampling equipment that are used for industrial hygiene assessments, calibration of gas metering equipment, and environmental air monitoring; and torque testing systems used for measure bottle cap tightness. This segment's products are used in healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, food and beverage, industrial hygiene, and environmental air sampling industries. Its Sterilization and Disinfection Control segment manufactures and markets biological indicators comprising spore strips, self-contained products, and culture media, as well as process challenge devices; and testing services. This segment also distributes chemical indicators that are used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes; and cleaning indicators, which are used to assess the effectiveness of cleaning processes. The company's Cold Chain Monitoring segment offers systems, which are used to monitor various environmental parameters, such as temperature, humidity, and differential pressure for use in hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, blood banks, pharmacies, and laboratory environments; parameter monitoring services for products in a cold chain; and consulting services. Its Cold Chain Packaging segment offers packaging development consulting services and thermal packaging products. The company markets its products through distributors in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, Canada, and Central America. Mesa Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado.

About Clearsign Combustion

ClearSign Combustion Corporation designs and develops technologies to enhance emission and operational performance, energy efficiency, and overall cost-effectiveness of combustion systems in the United States. Its Duplex, Duplex Plug & Play, and Electrodynamic Combustion Control platform technologies enhance the performance of combustion systems in a range of markets, including energy, commercial/industrial boiler, chemical, petrochemical, and power industries. ClearSign Combustion Corporation was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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