Celcuity (CELC) versus Natera (NTRA) Financial Analysis

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Celcuity (NASDAQ:CELC) and Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Celcuity and Natera, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Celcuity 0 0 2 0 3.00
Natera 0 1 6 0 2.86

Celcuity presently has a consensus price target of $35.50, indicating a potential upside of 48.35%. Natera has a consensus price target of $29.00, indicating a potential upside of 70.89%. Given Natera’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Natera is more favorable than Celcuity.

Profitability

This table compares Celcuity and Natera’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Celcuity N/A -24.34% -23.67%
Natera -58.00% -2,569.52% -60.02%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Celcuity and Natera’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Celcuity N/A N/A -$6.25 million ($0.78) -30.68
Natera $210.94 million 4.97 -$136.31 million ($2.40) -7.07

Celcuity has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Natera. Celcuity is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Natera, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Celcuity has a beta of 0.11, indicating that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natera has a beta of 2.03, indicating that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

15.2% of Celcuity shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.9% of Natera shares are owned by institutional investors. 43.5% of Celcuity shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.2% of Natera shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Celcuity beats Natera on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Celcuity

Celcuity Inc., a cellular analysis company, discovers cancer sub-types and commercializes diagnostic tests to enhance the response rates of cancer patients treated with targeted therapies in the United States. The company is developing CELx tests to diagnose two new sub-types of HER2-negative breast cancer. It is also developing CELx tests to diagnose 14 new potential cancer sub-types in breast, lung, colon, ovarian, kidney, bladder, and hematological cancers. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Natera

Natera, Inc., a diagnostics company, provides preconception and prenatal genetic testing services. It primarily offers Panorama, a non-invasive prenatal test that screens for chromosomal abnormalities of a fetus with a blood draw from the mother; Vistara, a single-gene mutations screening test to identify single-gene disorder; Horizon carrier screening to determine carrier status for various genetic diseases that could be passed on to the carrier's children; and Spectrum pre-implantation genetic screening and Spectrum pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to analyze chromosomal anomalies or inherited genetic conditions during an in vitro fertilization cycle. The company also provides Anora products of conception test to analyze fetal chromosomes to understand the cause of miscarriage; and non-invasive paternity testing products to determine paternity by analyzing the fragments of fetal deoxyribonucleic acid in a pregnant mother's blood and a blood sample from the alleged father. In addition, it offers Constellation, a cloud-based software product that allows laboratory customers to gain access through the cloud to the company's algorithms and bioinformatics in order to validate and launch tests. The company offers products through its direct sales force, as well as through a network of approximately 70 laboratory and distribution partners in the United States and internationally. Natera, Inc. has collaboration partnership with Fox Chase Cancer Center to assess customized circulating tumor DNA assay for recurrence monitoring of kidney cancer; and clinical trial collaboration with Neon Therapeutics, Inc. to assess the treatment response to personal cancer vaccine. The company was formerly known as Gene Security Network, Inc. and changed its name to Natera, Inc. in 2012. Natera, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in San Carlos, California.

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