Milestone Scientific (MLSS) and The Competition Financial Comparison

Milestone Scientific (NYSE: MLSS) is one of 33 public companies in the “Surgical appliances & supplies” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Milestone Scientific to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Milestone Scientific has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Milestone Scientific’s competitors have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Milestone Scientific and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Milestone Scientific $8.38 million -$7.52 million -11.63
Milestone Scientific Competitors $1.25 billion $176.03 million 40.45

Milestone Scientific’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Milestone Scientific. Milestone Scientific is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.9% of Milestone Scientific shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.0% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are held by institutional investors. 36.5% of Milestone Scientific shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of shares of all “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Milestone Scientific and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Milestone Scientific -169.37% -236.77% -104.30%
Milestone Scientific Competitors -208.64% -62.70% -25.26%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Milestone Scientific and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Milestone Scientific 0 0 0 0 N/A
Milestone Scientific Competitors 375 1236 2017 104 2.50

As a group, “Surgical appliances & supplies” companies have a potential downside of 1.97%. Given Milestone Scientific’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Milestone Scientific has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Milestone Scientific competitors beat Milestone Scientific on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

About Milestone Scientific

Milestone Scientific, Inc. develops computer-controlled anesthetic delivery devices for the medical and dental markets in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Dental and Medical. Its products include CompuDent System that are used to control the flow rate of the anesthesia during the injection, which allows virtually painless injections for various dental procedures, including routine fillings, implants, root canals, and crowns. The company also offers CompuFlo, a computer-controlled drug delivery system for the painless delivery of drugs, anesthetics, and other medicaments, as well as for the aspiration of bodily fluids or previously injected substances; and disposable injection handpiece for the tactile control during the injection. In addition, it provides CompuFlo Epidural, a computer controlled anesthesia system for use in various medical applications; CompuFlo Intra-Articular, a computer controlled injection system for administering corticosteroids and other medicaments; and CompuMed for use in various medical applications, such as plastic, hair restoration, and colorectal surgery, as well as podiatry, dermatology, orthopedics, and various other disciplines. Further, the company offers Cosmetic Botulinum Injection device for the pain free injection of botulinum toxin; Veterinary Nerve Block Anesthesia device; and other devices. Milestone Scientific, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Livingston, New Jersey.

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