Reviewing Cyanotech (CYAN) & Aurora Cannabis (ACB)

Cyanotech (NASDAQ:CYAN) and Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Cyanotech and Aurora Cannabis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cyanotech -9.87% -18.96% -10.78%
Aurora Cannabis -57.54% 3.95% 3.43%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.3% of Cyanotech shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.4% of Aurora Cannabis shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.5% of Cyanotech shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Cyanotech and Aurora Cannabis, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cyanotech 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aurora Cannabis 0 1 5 0 2.83

Aurora Cannabis has a consensus price target of $9.86, suggesting a potential upside of 13.56%. Given Aurora Cannabis’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aurora Cannabis is more favorable than Cyanotech.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cyanotech and Aurora Cannabis’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cyanotech $34.12 million 0.55 $1.02 million N/A N/A
Aurora Cannabis $43.49 million 202.40 $56.66 million $0.12 72.33

Aurora Cannabis has higher revenue and earnings than Cyanotech.

Risk & Volatility

Cyanotech has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aurora Cannabis has a beta of 2.82, meaning that its stock price is 182% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Aurora Cannabis beats Cyanotech on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cyanotech

Cyanotech Corporation engages in the cultivation, production, and sale of natural products derived from microalgae for the health and human nutrition markets worldwide. The company's products include Hawaiian BioAstin natural astaxanthin, a dietary antioxidant, which is used as a human nutraceutical and functional food ingredient to support and maintain the body's natural inflammatory response, enhance skin, and support eye and joint health; and Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica, a nutrient-rich dietary supplement that is used for extra energy, a strengthened immune system, cardiovascular benefits, and as a source of antioxidant carotenoids. Cyanotech Corporation sells its products as packaged consumer products through distributors, retailers, and online channels, as well as directly to consumers; and in bulk quantities to manufacturers, formulators, and distributors. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

About Aurora Cannabis

Aurora Cannabis Inc. produces and distributes medical cannabis products. It is vertically integrated and horizontally diversified across various segments of the cannabis value chain, from facility engineering and design to cannabis breeding, genetics research, production, derivatives, high value-add product development, home cultivation, wholesale, and retail distribution. The company's products consist of dried cannabis and cannabis oil; CanniMed vegan capsules; and hemp products, as well as sells vaporizers, consumable vaporizer accessories, and herb mills for using herbal cannabis products. It also operates CanvasRX, a network of cannabis counseling and outreach centers; and provides cannabis analytical product testing services. As of February 26, 2019, the company had operations in 24 countries across five continents. Aurora Cannabis Inc. has collaboration agreements with PharmaChoice, Pharmasave, and Shoppers Drug Mart for the distribution, sale, and marketing of medical cannabis products through their respective networks of pharmacies. The company has a strategic agreements with Hempco Food and Fiber Inc.; CTT Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Choom Holdings Inc.; Capcium Inc.; The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd.; Société des Alcools du Québec; Alcanna; Radient Technologies; Micron Waste; Wagner Dimas; Evio; and Cann Group Limited. Aurora Cannabis Inc. is headquartered in Edmonton, Canada.

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