Contrasting Bio-Techne (NASDAQ:TECH) & Vericel (NASDAQ:VCEL)

Bio-Techne (NASDAQ:TECH) and Vericel (NASDAQ:VCEL) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.2% of Bio-Techne shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Bio-Techne shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.6% of Vericel shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Bio-Techne and Vericel, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bio-Techne 0 3 8 0 2.73
Vericel 0 2 6 0 2.75

Bio-Techne currently has a consensus target price of $421.50, indicating a potential downside of 8.99%. Vericel has a consensus target price of $49.71, indicating a potential downside of 8.60%. Given Vericel’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vericel is more favorable than Bio-Techne.

Profitability

This table compares Bio-Techne and Vericel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bio-Techne 21.74% 13.37% 9.58%
Vericel 3.24% 3.45% 2.37%

Volatility and Risk

Bio-Techne has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vericel has a beta of 2.08, meaning that its share price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bio-Techne and Vericel’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bio-Techne $738.69 million 24.38 $229.30 million $3.86 119.98
Vericel $124.18 million 20.30 $3.04 million $0.06 906.50

Bio-Techne has higher revenue and earnings than Vericel. Bio-Techne is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vericel, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Bio-Techne beats Vericel on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bio-Techne

Bio-Techne Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells life science reagents, instruments, and services for the research and clinical diagnostic markets worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Protein Sciences, and Diagnostics and Genomics. The Protein Sciences segment offers proteins and reagent solutions, including cytokines and growth factors, antibodies, immunoassays, biologically active small molecule compounds, tissue culture reagents, and T-Cell activation technologies. This segment also provides manual and automated protein analysis instruments and immunoassays for use in quantifying proteins in various biological fluids. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment develops and manufactures diagnostic products, including Food and Drug Administration -regulated controls, calibrators, blood gas and clinical chemistry controls, and other reagents for original equipment manufacturers and clinical customers, as well as a portfolio of clinical molecular diagnostic oncology assays comprising the ExoDx Prostate test for prostate cancer diagnosis. This segment also manufactures and sells tissue-based in-situ hybridization assays for research and clinical use. The company was formerly known as Techne Corporation and changed its name to Bio-Techne Corporation in November 2014. Bio-Techne Corporation was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Vericel

Vericel Corporation, a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, researches, develops, manufactures, and distributes cellular therapies for sports medicine and severe burn care markets in the United States. The company markets autologous cell therapy products comprising MACI, an autologous cellularized scaffold product for the repair of symptomatic, and single or multiple full-thickness cartilage defects of the knee; and Epicel, a permanent skin replacement humanitarian use device for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with deep-dermal or full-thickness burns. Its preapproval stage product includes, NexoBrid, a registration-stage biological orphan product for eschar removal in adults with deep partial-thickness and/or full-thickness thermal burns. The company was formerly known as Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. Vericel Corporation was incorporated in 1989 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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