Reviewing FitLife Brands (NASDAQ:FTLF) & Ascend Wellness (OTC:AAWH)

Ascend Wellness (OTC:AAWHGet Free Report) and FitLife Brands (NASDAQ:FTLFGet Free Report) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Ascend Wellness has a beta of 2.13, indicating that its share price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FitLife Brands has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Ascend Wellness and FitLife Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ascend Wellness 0 1 1 0 2.50
FitLife Brands 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ascend Wellness and FitLife Brands’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ascend Wellness $518.59 million 0.52 -$48.21 million ($0.24) -5.40
FitLife Brands $28.80 million 3.68 $4.43 million $0.88 27.06

FitLife Brands has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ascend Wellness. Ascend Wellness is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FitLife Brands, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Ascend Wellness and FitLife Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ascend Wellness -9.30% -31.24% -5.36%
FitLife Brands 9.58% 24.46% 14.35%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

17.3% of Ascend Wellness shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.3% of FitLife Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.5% of Ascend Wellness shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 61.2% of FitLife Brands shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

FitLife Brands beats Ascend Wellness on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ascend Wellness

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Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. engages in the cultivation, manufacture, and distribution of cannabis consumer packaged goods in the United States. The company offers flower, pre-rolls, concentrates, vapes, edibles, tinctures, and other cannabis-related products under the Common Goods, SimplyHerb, Ozone, Ozone Reserve, Royale, Tunnel Vision, Miss Grass, Lowell Smokes, Edie Parker, 1906, and AiroPro brands. It also owns, operates, and manages cannabis cultivation facilities and dispensaries. The company sells its products through company-owned retail stores and third-party licensed retail cannabis stores. Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 2018 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About FitLife Brands

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FitLife Brands, Inc. provides nutritional supplements for health-conscious consumers in the United States and internationally. The company offers weight loss, general health, and sports nutrition supplements; precision sports nutrition formulations for professional muscular development; weight loss and sports nutrition performance enhancing supplements for fitness enthusiasts; sports nutrition and general wellness formulations with an emphasis on natural, vegan, and organic ingredients; and men's health and weight loss formulations, as well as other diet, health, and sports nutrition supplements and related products; and sports nutritional products, meal replacement, and energy and weight loss products. It markets its products under the brand names of NDS Nutrition, PMD Sports, SirenLabs, CoreActive, Nutrology, Metis Nutrition, iSatori, BioGenetic Laboratories, and Energize through franchised stores, as well as through retail locations, which include specialty, mass, and online. The company was formerly known as Bond Laboratories, Inc. and changed its name to FitLife Brands, Inc. in September 2013. FitLife Brands, Inc. was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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