Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) & Inogen (NASDAQ:INGN) Head-To-Head Comparison

Inogen (NASDAQ: INGN) and Meridian Bioscience (NASDAQ:VIVO) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Inogen has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Meridian Bioscience has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Meridian Bioscience pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Inogen does not pay a dividend. Meridian Bioscience pays out 98.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Inogen and Meridian Bioscience’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inogen 10.36% 12.45% 10.36%
Meridian Bioscience 10.77% 16.93% 11.36%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.3% of Meridian Bioscience shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Inogen shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Meridian Bioscience shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Inogen and Meridian Bioscience’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inogen $221.89 million 9.76 $36.52 million $1.06 98.58
Meridian Bioscience $198.07 million 3.01 $52.80 million $0.51 27.75

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Inogen and Meridian Bioscience, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inogen 0 3 2 0 2.40
Meridian Bioscience 1 3 0 0 1.75

Inogen currently has a consensus price target of $90.80, suggesting a potential downside of 13.10%. Meridian Bioscience has a consensus price target of $14.33, suggesting a potential upside of 1.30%. Given Meridian Bioscience’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Meridian Bioscience is more favorable than Inogen.

Summary

Inogen beats Meridian Bioscience on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Inogen

Inogen, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets portable oxygen concentrators used to deliver supplemental long-term oxygen therapy to patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions. The Company’s Inogen One systems concentrate the air around the patient to offer a single source of supplemental oxygen anytime, anywhere with a portable device. Its three portable product offerings, the Inogen One G4, Inogen One G3 and Inogen One G2, at approximately 2.8, 4.8 and 7.0 pounds with a single battery, respectively. Its Inogen One G4, Inogen One G3 and Inogen One G2 are sub-3, sub-5 and sub-10 pound portable oxygen concentrators, respectively. All of its Inogen One systems are equipped with Intelligent Delivery Technology. The Inogen At Home stationary oxygen concentrator allows it to access the non-ambulatory oxygen patient market and serves as a backup to its Inogen One system for ambulatory patients on its rental service.

About Meridian Bioscience

Meridian Bioscience, Inc. is a life science company engaged in the development, manufacture, sale and distribution of diagnostic test kits for gastrointestinal, viral, respiratory and parasitic infectious diseases, and elevated blood lead levels, and the manufacture and distribution of bulk antigens, antibodies, polymerase chain reaction (PCR)/quantitative PCR (qPCR) reagents, nucleotides, competent cells and bioresearch reagents used by researchers and other diagnostic manufacturers. Its segments include Diagnostics and Life Science. The Diagnostics segment includes manufacturing operations in Cincinnati, and the sale and distribution of diagnostic test kits in the countries consisting of North, Central and South America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and other countries outside of the Americas and EMEA. The Life Science segment consists of manufacturing operations in Memphis, Tennessee; Boca Raton, Florida; London, England; Luckenwalde, Germany, and Sydney, Australia.

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