Auxly Cannabis Group (OTCMKTS:CBWTF) vs. Luna Innovations (OTCMKTS:LUNA) Critical Contrast

Auxly Cannabis Group (OTCMKTS:CBWTF) and Luna Innovations (NASDAQ:LUNA) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Auxly Cannabis Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.0% of Luna Innovations shares are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of Luna Innovations shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Auxly Cannabis Group and Luna Innovations, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Auxly Cannabis Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Luna Innovations 0 0 2 0 3.00

Luna Innovations has a consensus price target of $5.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.83%. Given Luna Innovations’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Luna Innovations is more favorable than Auxly Cannabis Group.

Profitability

This table compares Auxly Cannabis Group and Luna Innovations’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Auxly Cannabis Group -652.13% -21.42% -15.06%
Luna Innovations 20.67% 4.97% 3.98%

Risk & Volatility

Auxly Cannabis Group has a beta of 0.67, suggesting that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Luna Innovations has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Auxly Cannabis Group and Luna Innovations’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Auxly Cannabis Group $580,000.00 561.29 -$51.68 million N/A N/A
Luna Innovations $42.92 million 3.71 $11.00 million $0.04 141.50

Luna Innovations has higher revenue and earnings than Auxly Cannabis Group.

Summary

Luna Innovations beats Auxly Cannabis Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Auxly Cannabis Group

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. operates as a cannabis streaming company. It provides funding for cannabis production; and holds contractual rights and minority equity interest relating to the operation of cannabis facilities. The company was formerly known as Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. and changed its name to Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. in June 2018. Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

About Luna Innovations

Luna Innovations Incorporated develops, manufactures, and markets fiber optic sensing, and test and measurement products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Products and Licensing, and Technology Development. The Products and Licensing segment offers fiber optic sensing products, as well as test and measurement products to monitor the integrity of fiber optic network components and sub-assemblies, which include optical vector analyzer, optical backscatter reflectometers, and the Phoenix family of tunable lasers; and distributed sensing systems comprising optical distributed sensor interrogator sensing solution with multiple sensors whose inputs are integrated through a fiber optic network and software. This segment also offers optoelectronic solutions for various applications, such as metrology, missile guidance, flame monitoring, temperature sensing, particle detection, color sensing, infrared detection, and other applications; and terahertz sensing systems, which are used to measure and verify physical properties online and in real-time. In addition, this segment conducts applied research in the fiber optic sensing area for corporate and government customers. The Technology Development segment provides applied research for customers principally in the areas of sensing and instrumentation, advanced materials, and health sciences. The company sells its products to telecommunications companies, defense agencies, government system integrators, researchers, original equipment manufacturers, distributors, testing labs, and strategic partners directly, as well as through manufacturer representative organizations, partner and distribution channels, technical sales engineers, value added resellers, and independent sales representatives. Luna Innovations Incorporated was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia.

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