NanoString Technologies (NASDAQ:NSTG) vs. Windtree Therapeutics (NASDAQ:WINT) Financial Survey

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NanoString Technologies (NASDAQ:NSTG) and Windtree Therapeutics (OTCMKTS:WINT) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for NanoString Technologies and Windtree Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NanoString Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Windtree Therapeutics 0 0 0 0 N/A

NanoString Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $35.00, indicating a potential upside of 59.45%. Given NanoString Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe NanoString Technologies is more favorable than Windtree Therapeutics.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NanoString Technologies and Windtree Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NanoString Technologies $106.73 million 7.29 -$77.40 million ($2.78) -7.90
Windtree Therapeutics $1.79 million 62.94 -$20.53 million N/A N/A

Windtree Therapeutics has lower revenue, but higher earnings than NanoString Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

NanoString Technologies has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Windtree Therapeutics has a beta of -0.01, indicating that its share price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

100.0% of NanoString Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 5.1% of NanoString Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.9% of Windtree Therapeutics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares NanoString Technologies and Windtree Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NanoString Technologies -68.16% -118.03% -42.27%
Windtree Therapeutics -3,548.97% -65.66% -30.68%

Summary

NanoString Technologies beats Windtree Therapeutics on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NanoString Technologies

NanoString Technologies, Inc. provides life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products worldwide. The company offers nCounter Analysis System, an automated, multi-application, digital detection, and counting system. It provides nCounter MAX and FLEX systems that include Prep Station, an automated liquid handling component that processes and prepares samples for data collection; and nCounter Digital Analyzer, which collects data from samples by taking images of the immobilized fluorescent reporters in the sample cartridge and processing the data into output files. The company also offers nCounter SPRINT Profiler, an instrument that provides liquid handling steps and the digital analysis through use of a microfluidic cartridge; and nSolver Analysis Software, a data analysis program that enables researchers to check, normalize, and analyze their data. In addition, it provides custom CodeSets; and Pan Cancer and 360 gene expression, CAR-T characterization, protein immune profiling, neuropathology and neuro-inflammation gene expression, Mouse-AD, autoimmune disease gene expression, miRNA expression, and other gene expression panels. Further, the company offers nCounter based reagents that allow users to design customized assays; Master Kits, such as ancillary reagents and plasticware to setup and process samples in the nCounter Prep Station and nCounter Digital Analyzer; and nCounter Dx Analysis System and Prosigna molecular diagnostic test kits. The company is also developing GeoMx DSP system to enable the field of spatial genomics; and Hyb & Seq molecular profiling system to determine and analyze gene sequences within biological samples. It has collaboration with Celgene Corporation; Merck & Co., Inc.; Medivation, Inc.; and Astellas Pharma, Inc, as well as strategic partnership with Bio-Techne Corp. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

About Windtree Therapeutics

Windtree Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company, focuses on developing surfactant therapies for respiratory diseases and other potential applications. Its proprietary technology platform includes a synthetic peptide-containing surfactant (KL4 surfactant) that is structurally similar to endogenous pulmonary surfactant and drug-delivery technologies being developed to enable the noninvasive administration of aerosolized KL4 surfactant. The company's lead development program comprises AEROSURF, a drug/device product that has completed Phase IIb clinical trial to treat respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. It is also developing other aerosolized KL4 surfactant products. Windtree Therapeutics, Inc. has a strategic collaboration with Eleison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for using its proprietary aerosol delivery system to deliver inhaled lipid cisplatin in combination with KL4 surfactant. The company was formerly known as Discovery Laboratories, Inc. and changed its name to Windtree Therapeutics, Inc. in April 2016. Windtree Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Warrington, Pennsylvania.

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