Contrasting Aethlon Medical (AEMD) & Agilent Technologies (A)

Aethlon Medical (NASDAQ:AEMD) and Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Aethlon Medical and Agilent Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aethlon Medical N/A -126.58% -96.36%
Agilent Technologies 6.20% 18.61% 10.08%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Aethlon Medical and Agilent Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aethlon Medical 0 0 1 0 3.00
Agilent Technologies 0 0 8 0 3.00

Aethlon Medical currently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 172.73%. Agilent Technologies has a consensus target price of $77.88, indicating a potential upside of 18.44%. Given Aethlon Medical’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Aethlon Medical is more favorable than Agilent Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.4% of Aethlon Medical shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.6% of Aethlon Medical shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Aethlon Medical has a beta of 2.02, meaning that its share price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Agilent Technologies has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Aethlon Medical and Agilent Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aethlon Medical $150,000.00 130.53 -$5.67 million ($0.46) -2.39
Agilent Technologies $4.47 billion 4.69 $684.00 million $2.36 27.86

Agilent Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Aethlon Medical. Aethlon Medical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Agilent Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Agilent Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Aethlon Medical does not pay a dividend. Agilent Technologies pays out 25.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Agilent Technologies has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Agilent Technologies beats Aethlon Medical on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aethlon Medical

Aethlon Medical, Inc., a medical device company, focuses on creating devices that address unmet medical needs in health and biodefense worldwide. The company is developing Aethlon Hemopurifier, a clinical-stage therapeutic device that eliminates life-threatening viruses from the circulatory system of infected individuals. It is also involved in the development of exosomal biomarkers to diagnose and monitor life-threatening disease conditions, such as cancer and neurological disorders; and a therapeutic device to reduce the incidence of sepsis, a fatal bloodstream infection. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in San Diego, California.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides application focused solutions to the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets worldwide. It operates in three segments: Life Sciences and Applied Markets, Diagnostics and Genomics, and Agilent CrossLab. The Life Sciences and Applied Markets segment offers liquid chromatography systems and components; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry systems; gas chromatography systems and components; gas chromatography mass spectrometry systems; inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instruments; atomic absorption instruments; microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry instruments; inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry instruments; raman spectroscopy; microfluidics based automated electrophoresis products; cell analysis plate based assays; laboratory software and informatics systems; laboratory automation; dissolution testing; vacuum pumps; and measurement technologies. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment provides reagents, instruments, software, and consumables; arrays for DNA mutation detection, genotyping, gene copy number determination, identification of gene rearrangements, DNA methylation profiling, and gene expression profiling, as well as sequencing target enrichment services; and equipment focused on production of synthesized oligonucleotides for use as active pharmaceutical ingredients. The Agilent CrossLab segment offers GC and LC columns, sample preparation products, custom chemistries, and various laboratory instrument supplies; and startup, operational, training, and compliance support, as well as asset management and consultation services. The company markets its products through direct sales, electronic commerce, resellers, manufacturers' representatives, and distributors. It has collaboration with the University of Southern California Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. Agilent Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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