Head to Head Survey: Psychemedics (NASDAQ:PMD) & Akumin (NASDAQ:AKUMQ)

Akumin (NASDAQ:AKUMQGet Free Report) and Psychemedics (NASDAQ:PMDGet 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 profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Akumin and Psychemedics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Akumin 0 0 0 0 N/A
Psychemedics 0 0 0 0 N/A


This table compares Akumin and Psychemedics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Akumin -34.67% -1,249.92% -8.42%
Psychemedics -16.69% -40.62% -22.68%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Akumin and Psychemedics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Akumin $749.63 million 0.05 -$156.76 million ($2.82) -0.15
Psychemedics $25.24 million 0.74 -$1.08 million ($0.68) -4.71

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

36.1% of Akumin shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.1% of Psychemedics shares are held by institutional investors. 20.5% of Akumin shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.0% of Psychemedics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Akumin has a beta of -1.05, meaning that its share price is 205% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Psychemedics has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Psychemedics beats Akumin on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Akumin

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Akumin Inc. provides outpatient diagnostic imaging services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Radiology and Oncology. The company offers various medical imaging services, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, nuclear medicine, mammography, ultrasound, diagnostic radiology, fluoroscopy, and other diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures through owned and/or operated imaging locations. It provides outpatient radiology, and oncology services and solutions to hospitals and health systems across 48 states. Akumin Inc. was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Plantation, Florida. On October 22, 2023, Akumin Inc., along with its affiliates, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

About Psychemedics

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Psychemedics Corporation provides testing services for the detection of drugs of abuse through the analysis of hair samples in the United States and internationally. The company offers screening and confirmation by mass spectrometry using industry-accepted practices for cocaine, marijuana, and PCP; amphetamines, including ecstasy, eve, and Adderall; opiates, such as heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, oxymorphone, and codeine; synthetic cannabinoids comprising K2, Spice, and Blaze; benzodiazepines consisting of Xanax, Valium, and Ativan; and nicotine, Fentanyl, and alcohol. Its testing results provide quantitative information that could indicate the approximate amount of drug ingested, as well as historical data that could show a pattern of individual drug use over a longer period-of-time. The company offers its services to employers for applicant and employee testing; and treatment professionals, law enforcement agencies, school administrators, and parents concerned about their children's drug use. Psychemedics Corporation was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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