Head to Head Analysis: CareDx (CDNA) & Enzo Biochem (ENZ)

CareDx (NASDAQ: CDNA) and Enzo Biochem (NYSE:ENZ) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.6% of CareDx shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.7% of Enzo Biochem shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of CareDx shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of Enzo Biochem shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares CareDx and Enzo Biochem’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CareDx -115.91% -158.93% -19.78%
Enzo Biochem -4.12% -6.31% -5.16%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CareDx and Enzo Biochem’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CareDx $48.32 million 8.77 -$55.46 million ($0.77) -15.60
Enzo Biochem $107.80 million 2.21 -$2.50 million N/A N/A

Enzo Biochem has higher revenue and earnings than CareDx.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for CareDx and Enzo Biochem, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CareDx 0 1 3 0 2.75
Enzo Biochem 0 0 0 0 N/A

CareDx presently has a consensus price target of $12.13, suggesting a potential upside of 0.96%. Given CareDx’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe CareDx is more favorable than Enzo Biochem.

Volatility & Risk

CareDx has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enzo Biochem has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Enzo Biochem beats CareDx on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CareDx

CareDx, Inc., a transplant diagnostics company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of diagnostic surveillance solutions for transplant patients worldwide. It operates through two segments, Post-Transplant Diagnostics and Pre-Transplant Diagnostics. The Post-Transplant Diagnostics segment develops and provides a diagnostic surveillance testing solution for heart and kidney transplant recipients. It offers AlloMap, a heart transplant molecular test; and AlloSure, a donor-derived cell free DNA test initially used for kidney transplant patients. The Pre-Transplant Diagnostics segment develops, manufactures, markets, and sells products that increase the chance of successful transplants by facilitating a match between a donor and a recipient of stem cells and organs. It sells Olerup SSP, which is used to type human leukocyte antigen (HAL) alleles based on sequence-specific primer technology; Olerup QTYPE, a test kit for sequence based HLA typing; Olerup SBT, a test kit for sequence based HLA typing; and XM-ONE, a test that identifies a patient's antigens against HLA Class I or Class II, as well as antibodies against a donor's endothelium. This segment offers its products directly to customers, as well as through third-party distributors. The company was formerly known as XDx, Inc. and changed its name to CareDx, Inc. in March 2014. CareDx, Inc. was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Brisbane, California.

About Enzo Biochem

Enzo Biochem, Inc., an integrated diagnostic bioscience company, engages in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of diagnostic and research products based on genetic engineering, biotechnology, and molecular biology. The company operates in three segments: Clinical Labs, Life Sciences, and Therapeutics. The Clinical Labs segment provides routine and esoteric clinical laboratory tests or procedures used in general patient care by physicians to establish or support a diagnosis, monitor treatment or medication levels, and search for an otherwise undiagnosed condition. This segment operates a full-service clinical laboratory in Farmingdale, New York; a network of approximately 29 patient service centers in New York and New Jersey; and a free standing ?STAT' or rapid response laboratory in New York City, as well as a full-service phlebotomy department. The Life Sciences segment manufactures, develops, and markets products and tools to life sciences, drug development, and clinical research customers. It offers proteins, antibodies, peptides, small molecules, labeling probes, dyes, and kits, which provide tools for target identification/validation, content analysis, gene expression analysis, nucleic acid detection, protein biochemistry and detection, and cellular analysis to life science researchers. This segment provides its products to scientific experts in the fields of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, diabetes and obesity, endocrine disorders, infectious and autoimmune disease, hepatotoxicity, and renal injury. The Therapeutics segment is involved in the research and development of therapeutic drug candidates in the areas of gastrointestinal, infectious, ophthalmic, and metabolic diseases. The company markets its products and services through its direct sales force and a network of distributors in the United States and internationally. Enzo Biochem, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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