Reviewing BG Medicine (BGMD) and BioTelemetry (BEAT)

BG Medicine (OTCMKTS: BGMD) and BioTelemetry (NASDAQ:BEAT) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares BG Medicine and BioTelemetry’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BG Medicine N/A N/A N/A
BioTelemetry 16.10% 13.66% 8.44%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.4% of BioTelemetry shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of BG Medicine shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of BioTelemetry shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BG Medicine and BioTelemetry’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BG Medicine $1.57 million 0.25 -$5.30 million N/A N/A
BioTelemetry $208.33 million 4.32 $53.43 million $1.29 21.55

BioTelemetry has higher revenue and earnings than BG Medicine.

Volatility & Risk

BG Medicine has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BioTelemetry has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for BG Medicine and BioTelemetry, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BG Medicine 0 0 0 0 N/A
BioTelemetry 1 0 7 0 2.75

BioTelemetry has a consensus price target of $43.50, suggesting a potential upside of 56.47%. Given BioTelemetry’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BioTelemetry is more favorable than BG Medicine.

Summary

BioTelemetry beats BG Medicine on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BG Medicine

BG Medicine, Inc. (BG Medicine) is a commercial-stage diagnostics company. The Company is engaged in commercializing diagnostic products that may be used to help guide the care and management of patients suffering from heart failure and related disorders. The Company’s BGM Galectin-3 Test is an in vitro diagnostic device that employs a manual micro-titer platform to measure galectin-3 levels in blood plasma or serum for use as an aid in assessing the prognosis of chronic heart failure in conjunction with clinical evaluation. The automated galectin-3 tests are being developed and commercialized by its diagnostic instrument manufacturing partners and will be performed on its partners’ automated platforms. The Company’s CardioSCORE test is a multi-analyte biomarker-based blood test that was designed as an aid in the assessment of near-term risk for atherothrombotic cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and ischemic stroke.

About BioTelemetry

BioTelemetry, Inc. (BioTelemetry), formerly CardioNet, Inc., provides cardiac monitoring services, cardiac monitoring device manufacturing, and centralized cardiac core laboratory services. The Company operates in three segments: patient services, product and research services. The patient services business segment’s principal focus is on the diagnosis and monitoring of cardiac arrhythmias or heart rhythm disorders, through its core Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry(MCOT), event and Holter services in a healthcare setting. The product business segment focuses on the development, manufacturing, testing and marketing of medical devices to medical companies, clinics and hospitals. The Company’s research services focuses on providing cardiac safety monitoring services for drug and medical treatment trials in a research environment. In August 2012, the Company completed the acquisition of Cardiocore Lab, Inc. (Cardiocore).

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