MSA Safety (NYSE:MSA) and Precision Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AIPT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and risk.
Risk and Volatility
MSA Safety has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Precision Therapeutics has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
72.1% of MSA Safety shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.3% of Precision Therapeutics shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.9% of MSA Safety shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.2% of Precision Therapeutics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares MSA Safety and Precision Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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MSA Safety has higher revenue and earnings than Precision Therapeutics.
This table compares MSA Safety and Precision Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of current recommendations for MSA Safety and Precision Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.
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MSA Safety presently has a consensus price target of $104.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.02%. Given MSA Safety’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe MSA Safety is more favorable than Precision Therapeutics.
MSA Safety pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Precision Therapeutics does not pay a dividend. MSA Safety pays out 39.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MSA Safety has increased its dividend for 46 consecutive years.
MSA Safety beats Precision Therapeutics on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
MSA Safety Company Profile
MSA Safety Incorporated develops, manufactures, and supplies safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures in the oil, gas, petrochemical, fire service, construction, utilities, and mining industries worldwide. It operates through Americas and International segments. The company's core product offerings include permanently installed fixed gas and flame detection instruments, such as permanently installed gas detection monitoring systems, and flame detectors and open-path infrared gas detectors, as well as replacement components and related services to detect the presence or absence of various gases in the air. Its core product offerings also consist of breathing apparatus products, such as self-contained breathing apparatus, face masks, and respirators; hand-held portable gas detection instruments; industrial head protection products; firefighter helmets and protective apparel; and fall protection equipment comprising confined space equipment, harnesses, fall arrest equipment, lanyards, and lifelines. In addition, the company offers respirators, eye and face protection products, ballistic helmets, and gas masks. It serves distributors, and industrial or military end-users through indirect and direct sales channels. The company was founded in 1914 and is based in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
Precision Therapeutics Company Profile
Precision Therapeutics Inc. provides various healthcare products and services primarily in the United States. The company manufactures environmentally conscious systems for the collection and disposal of infectious fluids that result from surgical procedures and post-operative care. It offers the STREAMWAY Fluid Waste Management system that suctions surgical waste fluid from the patient using standard surgical tubing; and disposables. The company also provides contract research organization (CRO) that offers personalized medicine solutions for pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotech industries. Its CRO services enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapy using the power of artificial intelligence applied to diseases databases. The company markets and sells its STREAMWAY Fluid Waste Management system and procedure disposables to medical facilities through various direct sales force and independent distributors. The company was formerly known as Skyline Medical Inc. and changed its name to Precision Therapeutics Inc. in February 2018. Precision Therapeutics Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in Eagan, Minnesota.
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