Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) and Oxford Instruments (OTCMKTS:OXINF) are both medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Thermo Fisher Scientific and Oxford Instruments’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Thermo Fisher Scientific $20.92 billion 4.01 $2.23 billion $9.49 21.95
Oxford Instruments N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Thermo Fisher Scientific has higher revenue and earnings than Oxford Instruments.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Thermo Fisher Scientific and Oxford Instruments, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Thermo Fisher Scientific 0 1 13 0 2.93
Oxford Instruments 0 1 0 0 2.00

Thermo Fisher Scientific currently has a consensus target price of $223.42, suggesting a potential upside of 7.27%. Given Thermo Fisher Scientific’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Thermo Fisher Scientific is more favorable than Oxford Instruments.

Risk & Volatility

Thermo Fisher Scientific has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oxford Instruments has a beta of -0.64, suggesting that its stock price is 164% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Thermo Fisher Scientific and Oxford Instruments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Thermo Fisher Scientific 10.24% 16.09% 7.35%
Oxford Instruments N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.9% of Thermo Fisher Scientific shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Thermo Fisher Scientific shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Thermo Fisher Scientific pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Oxford Instruments does not pay a dividend. Thermo Fisher Scientific pays out 7.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Thermo Fisher Scientific beats Oxford Instruments on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Company Profile

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. provides analytical instruments, equipment, reagents and consumables, software, and services for research, manufacturing, analysis, discovery, and diagnostics under the Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, and Unity Lab Services brands worldwide. Its Life Sciences Solutions segment offers reagents, instruments, and consumables for biological and medical research, discovery, and production of new drugs and vaccines, as well as diagnosis of diseases to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agricultural, clinical, academic, and government markets. Its Analytical Instruments segment offers instruments, consumables, software, and services for use in laboratory, on production line, and in field for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, government, environmental, and research and industrial markets, as well as clinical laboratories. Its Specialty Diagnostics segment offers liquid, ready-to-use, and lyophilized immunodiagnostic reagent kits, as well as calibrators, controls, and calibration verification fluids; blood-test systems; dehydrated and prepared culture media, collection and transport systems, instrumentation, and consumables; products for cancer diagnosis and medical research in histology, cytology, and hematology; human leukocyte antigen typing and testing for organ transplant market; and healthcare market channel products. This segment serves healthcare, clinical, pharmaceutical, industrial, and food safety laboratories. Its Laboratory Products and Services segment offers laboratory refrigerators and freezers, ultralow-temperature freezers and cryopreservation storage tanks, temperature control, sample preparation and preservation, centrifugation, and biological safety cabinet products; water analysis and laboratory equipment; laboratory plastics; laboratory chemicals; research and safety market channel; and pharma services. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Oxford Instruments Company Profile

Oxford Instruments plc, through its subsidiaries, researches, develops, manufactures, rents, sells, and services tools and systems in the United States, rest of Europe, rest of Asia, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Germany, and internationally. The company's Nanotechnology Tools segment provides high performance scientific imaging cameras, spectroscopy solutions, and microscopy systems for research and OEM markets; atomic force probe microscopy for materials and bioscience applications; 3D and 4D image visualization and analysis software; and nanoanalysis solutions for materials characterization and nanofabrication on scanning electron microscopes, focussed ion beams, and transmission electron microscopes. This segment also offers research tools for physical sciences; and process solutions for the etching of nanometre sized features, as well as provides nanolayer deposition and nanostructure controlled growth services. Its Industrial Products segment offers analytical X-ray fluorescence, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, optical emission spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance (MR) instruments for the quality assurance and production optimization, as well as research tools; nuclear magnetic resonance instruments; and X-ray tubes. The company's Service segment offers refurbished and mobile CT and MRI equipment, maintenance services, and parts. Its products have applications in the agriculture, food and beverage, chemicals and oils, electronics, energy/environment, failure analysis, forensics, healthcare, industry and transport, information and communication tech, metals, minerals and mining, nanotechnology, quality control and compliance testing, research and academia, semiconductors, and textiles sectors. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Abingdon, the United Kingdom.

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