Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) versus Slack (NASDAQ:WORK) Head-To-Head Comparison

Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) and Slack (NYSE:WORK) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Applied DNA Sciences and Slack’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Applied DNA Sciences $3.90 million 2.92 -$11.69 million N/A N/A
Slack $400.55 million 35.39 -$140.68 million N/A N/A

Applied DNA Sciences has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Slack.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Applied DNA Sciences and Slack, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Applied DNA Sciences 0 1 0 0 2.00
Slack 0 8 9 0 2.53

Slack has a consensus price target of $36.75, indicating a potential upside of 41.07%. Given Slack’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Slack is more favorable than Applied DNA Sciences.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

4.4% of Applied DNA Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.4% of Slack shares are held by institutional investors. 20.5% of Applied DNA Sciences shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Applied DNA Sciences and Slack’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Applied DNA Sciences -221.66% -1,284.19% -229.68%
Slack N/A N/A N/A


Slack beats Applied DNA Sciences on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Applied DNA Sciences Company Profile

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. develops and markets plat based or other DNA technology solution in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company's supply chain security and product authentication solutions include SigNature molecular tags that are ingredients used to fortify brand protection efforts and strengthen supply chain security, as well as mark, track, and convict criminals; SigNature T molecular tags, which are tagging and authentication systems for use in brand protection efforts and raw material source compliance programs; and fiberTyping, a test of native cotton fiber DNA. It also provides DNAnet, Smart DNA, and Backtrac that are molecular tags to link evidence and offenders to specific crime scenes; Beacon locked optical markers, which create a protected covert screening tool that can be adapted to packaging, security labels, and high-value assets through inks, varnishes, and coatings; and SigNify IF portable DNA readers that provides real-time authentication of molecular tags. In addition, the company offers Applied DNA Sciences Portal, a software platform that enables customers to manage the security of company-marked goods from point of marking to point of authentication or validation to end of life; and DNA Transfer Systems and Cannabis Tracking System, which offer remote Internet access for real-time monitoring. Further, it provides CertainT Supply Chain Platform that provides proof of product claims for materials, items, or products; and Triathlon PCR systems that allow for the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences. Additionally, the company offers contract research services for the nucleic acid-based medical and biologic markets; and various RNA based drug and biologic customers for preclinical studies. The company was formerly known as Datalink Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. in 2002. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Stony Brook, New York.

Slack Company Profile

Slack Technologies, Inc. operates Slack, a business technology software platform in the United States and internationally. Its platform brings together people, applications, and data, as well as sells its offering under a software-as-a-service model. The company was formerly known as Tiny Speck, Inc. and changed its name to Slack Technologies, Inc. in 2014. Slack Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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