Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and BioLife Solutions (NASDAQ:BLFS) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Johnson & Johnson and BioLife Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Johnson & Johnson||$76.45 billion||4.58||$1.30 billion||$0.39||334.03|
|BioLife Solutions||$8.23 million||8.50||-$6.87 million||($0.42)||-11.88|
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Johnson & Johnson and BioLife Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Johnson & Johnson||4||6||8||0||2.22|
Johnson & Johnson currently has a consensus price target of $145.59, indicating a potential upside of 11.76%. BioLife Solutions has a consensus price target of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 30.26%. Given BioLife Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BioLife Solutions is more favorable than Johnson & Johnson.
This table compares Johnson & Johnson and BioLife Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Johnson & Johnson||1.70%||27.80%||13.26%|
Risk & Volatility
Johnson & Johnson has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BioLife Solutions has a beta of 0.32, meaning that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
65.5% of Johnson & Johnson shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.5% of BioLife Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Johnson & Johnson shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 36.8% of BioLife Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Johnson & Johnson pays an annual dividend of $3.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. BioLife Solutions does not pay a dividend. Johnson & Johnson pays out 861.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Johnson & Johnson has increased its dividend for 55 consecutive years.
Johnson & Johnson beats BioLife Solutions on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is a holding company, which is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a range of products in the healthcare field. It operates through three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices. Its primary focus is products related to human health and well-being. The Consumer segment includes a range of products used in the baby care, oral care, skin care, over-the-counter pharmaceutical, women’s health and wound care markets. The Pharmaceutical segment is focused on five therapeutic areas, including immunology, infectious diseases, neuroscience, oncology, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The Medical Devices segment includes a range of products used in the orthopedic, surgery, cardiovascular, diabetes care and vision care fields. Its research facilities are located in the United States, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
About BioLife Solutions
BioLife Solutions, Inc. (BioLife) is engaged in the developing, manufacturing and marketing a portfolio of biopreservation tools and services for cells, tissues and organs, including clinical grade cell and tissue hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media and a related cloud hosted biologistics cold chain management application for shippers. The Company’s product offerings include hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze media products for cells, tissues, and organs; generic blood stem cell freezing and cell thawing media products; custom product formulation and custom packaging services; cold chain logistics services incorporating precision thermal packaging products and cloud-hosted Web applications, and contract aseptic manufacturing formulation, fill and finish services of liquid media products. Its products include HypoThermosol FRS, CryoStor, BloodStor, Cell Thawing Media, PrepaStor and biologistex cold-chain management service.
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