Pacific Biosciences of California (PACB) and Its Rivals Critical Analysis

Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ: PACB) is one of 82 public companies in the “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Pacific Biosciences of California to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Pacific Biosciences of California and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pacific Biosciences of California 0 1 1 0 2.50
Pacific Biosciences of California Competitors 416 2180 3387 122 2.53

Pacific Biosciences of California presently has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 86.22%. As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies have a potential downside of 20.97%. Given Pacific Biosciences of California’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pacific Biosciences of California is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.3% of Pacific Biosciences of California shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.1% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.8% of Pacific Biosciences of California shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Pacific Biosciences of California has a beta of 2.06, meaning that its stock price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pacific Biosciences of California’s competitors have a beta of 0.89, meaning that their average stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pacific Biosciences of California and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Pacific Biosciences of California $95.83 million -$75.40 million -5.84
Pacific Biosciences of California Competitors $2.02 billion $430.37 million -56.73

Pacific Biosciences of California’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Pacific Biosciences of California. Pacific Biosciences of California is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Pacific Biosciences of California and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pacific Biosciences of California -89.67% -93.31% -57.10%
Pacific Biosciences of California Competitors -330.26% -33.54% -12.51%

Summary

Pacific Biosciences of California competitors beat Pacific Biosciences of California on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Pacific Biosciences of California Company Profile

Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. designs, develops and manufactures sequencing systems to help scientists resolve genetically complex problems. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of an integrated platform for genetic analysis. Its Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) technology enables single molecule, real-time detection of biological processes. It offers The SMRT Cell, Phospholinked nucleotides and The PacBio RS II and Sequel instruments. Its SMRT technology enables the observation of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) synthesis as it occurs in real-time by harnessing the natural process of DNA replication, which is actuated by the DNA polymerase. Its phospholinked nucleotides have a fluorescent dye attached to the phosphate chain of the nucleotide rather than to the base. The PacBio RS II and Sequel instruments include optics, automated liquid handling, a touchscreen control interface and computational hardware and software.

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