Analyzing Cancer Genetics (CGIX) and Miragen Therapeutics (MGEN)

Cancer Genetics (NASDAQ: CGIX) and Miragen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MGEN) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

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Cancer Genetics has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Miragen Therapeutics has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Cancer Genetics and Miragen Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cancer Genetics -71.75% -66.71% -34.12%
Miragen Therapeutics -662.30% -63.57% -51.14%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Cancer Genetics and Miragen Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cancer Genetics 0 3 1 0 2.25
Miragen Therapeutics 0 1 8 0 2.89

Cancer Genetics presently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 365.12%. Miragen Therapeutics has a consensus price target of $17.19, indicating a potential upside of 167.72%. Given Cancer Genetics’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cancer Genetics is more favorable than Miragen Therapeutics.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

17.9% of Cancer Genetics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.0% of Miragen Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 21.3% of Cancer Genetics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 44.4% of Miragen Therapeutics 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cancer Genetics and Miragen Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cancer Genetics $29.12 million 1.23 -$20.88 million ($0.79) -1.63
Miragen Therapeutics $4.00 million 48.42 -$26.51 million ($1.38) -4.65

Cancer Genetics has higher revenue and earnings than Miragen Therapeutics. Miragen Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cancer Genetics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About Cancer Genetics

Cancer Genetics, Inc. develops, commercializes, and provides molecular and biomarker-based tests and services in the United States, India, and China. Its tests enable physicians to personalize the clinical management of each individual patient by providing genomic information to diagnose, monitor, and inform cancer treatment; and enable biotech and pharmaceutical companies involved in oncology trials to select candidate populations and reduce adverse drug reactions by providing information regarding genomic factors influencing subject responses to therapeutics. The company's clinical services provide information on diagnosis, prognosis, and predicting treatment outcomes of cancers to guide patient management. Its biopharma services offer companies with customized solutions for patient stratification and treatment selection through a suite of molecular- and biomarker-based testing services, customized assay development, and trial design consultation. The company's discovery services provide the tools and testing methods for companies and researchers to identify new molecular-based biomarkers for disease. It serves hospitals, cancer centers, clinics, academic institutions, and government-sponsored research institutions, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies performing clinical trials. The company collaborates with oncology centers and community-based hospitals to develop its proprietary diagnostic tests. Cancer Genetics, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Rutherford, New Jersey.

About Miragen Therapeutics

Signal Genetics, Inc. is a commercial stage, molecular genetic diagnostic company. The Company is focused on providing diagnostic services that help physicians to make decisions concerning the care of cancer patients. The Company’s diagnostic service is the Myeloma Prognostic Risk Signature (MyPRS) test. The MyPRS test is a microarray-based gene expression profile (GEP), assay that measures the expression level of specific genes and groups of genes that are designed to predict an individual’s long-term clinical outcome/prognosis, giving a basis for personalized treatment options. The Company’s MyPRS test provides a whole-genomic expression profile of a patient’s multiple myeloma (MM). The Company offers MyPRS test in its laboratory located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Company is licensed to sell its test in all 50 states.

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