Head-To-Head Review: Emmaus Life Sciences (NASDAQ:EMMA) and HemaCare (NASDAQ:HEMA)

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Emmaus Life Sciences (NASDAQ:EMMA) and HemaCare (OTCMKTS:HEMA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.


This table compares Emmaus Life Sciences and HemaCare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Emmaus Life Sciences -489.28% -511.05% -209.39%
HemaCare N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Emmaus Life Sciences and HemaCare, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Emmaus Life Sciences 0 0 0 0 N/A
HemaCare 0 0 1 0 3.00

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Emmaus Life Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. 36.9% of Emmaus Life Sciences shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 26.2% of HemaCare shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Emmaus Life Sciences and HemaCare’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Emmaus Life Sciences $1.32 million 128.38 -$9.59 million ($11.16) -0.32
HemaCare N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

HemaCare has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Emmaus Life Sciences.

Risk and Volatility

Emmaus Life Sciences has a beta of 2.91, meaning that its share price is 191% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HemaCare has a beta of 1.47, meaning that its share price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Emmaus Life Sciences Company Profile

Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc. engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of treatments and therapies primarily for rare and orphan diseases in the United States and internationally. It provides Endari, which is L-glutamine oral powder to reduce the acute complications of sickle cell disease in adult and pediatric patients five years of age and older; NutreStore L-glutamine powder; and AminoPure, a nutritional supplement. The company also develops therapeutic products based on cell sheet technology for the treatment of corneal diseases. In addition, it focuses on developing pharmaceutical-grade L-glutamine oral powder for diverticulosis. The company was formerly known as Emmaus Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc. in September 2011. Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Torrance, California.

HemaCare Company Profile

HemaCare Corporation provides human-derived primary blood cells and tissues for biomedical research, and supporting cell therapy clinical trials and commercialization with apheresis collections in the United States. The company specializes in the customized collection, isolation, and testing of primary human blood cells and other biological products for research protocols and cellular therapy. It offers human blood cellular components derived from peripheral blood, bone marrow, and cord blood; and a range of consulting services in standard operating procedure development, personnel training, and quality and regulatory compliance. The company's network of FDA-registered, GMP/GTP-compliant collection centers ensures donor materials available to customers, as well as for use within its isolation laboratory. The company has strategic partnership with Charles River Laboratories International Inc. for human immune system research. HemaCare Corporation was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Northridge, California.

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