Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) and Allied Healthcare Products (NASDAQ:AHPI) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Intuitive Surgical and Allied Healthcare Products’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Intuitive Surgical||$3.72 billion||15.11||$1.13 billion||$9.49||51.35|
|Allied Healthcare Products||$33.76 million||0.19||-$2.19 million||N/A||N/A|
Volatility & Risk
Intuitive Surgical has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allied Healthcare Products has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its share price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Intuitive Surgical and Allied Healthcare Products, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Allied Healthcare Products||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Intuitive Surgical currently has a consensus target price of $579.06, suggesting a potential upside of 18.82%. Given Intuitive Surgical’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Intuitive Surgical is more favorable than Allied Healthcare Products.
This table compares Intuitive Surgical and Allied Healthcare Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Allied Healthcare Products||-9.38%||-23.07%||-17.49%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
84.9% of Intuitive Surgical shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.4% of Allied Healthcare Products shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Intuitive Surgical shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 45.0% of Allied Healthcare Products shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Intuitive Surgical beats Allied Healthcare Products on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Intuitive Surgical
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Its da Vinci Surgical System transforms the surgeon's natural hand movements outside the body into corresponding micro-movements inside the patient's body. The company's da Vinci Surgical System include surgeon's consoles, patient-side carts, 3-D vision systems, da Vinci skills simulators, da Vinci Xi integrated table motions, and Firefly fluorescence imaging products that enable surgeons to perform various surgical procedures, including gynecologic, urologic, general, cardiothoracic, and head and neck surgical procedures. It also manufactures EndoWrist instruments, such as forceps, scissors, electrocautery tools, scalpels, and other surgical tools, which incorporate wrist joints for natural dexterity for various surgical procedures. In addition, the company offers EndoWrist Stapler, a wristed stapling instrument for resection, transection, and creation of anastomoses; and EndoWrist One Vessel Sealers that are wristed single-use instruments for bipolar coagulation and mechanical transection of vessels up to 7mm in diameter and tissue bundles that fit in the jaws of the instrument. Further, it provides da Vinci Single-Site, a set of non-wristed and wristed instruments and accessories that allow da Vinci Surgical Systems to work through a single incision. Additionally, the company sells various accessories comprising sterile drapes for ensuring sterile field during surgery; and vision products that include replacement 3D stereo endoscopes, camera heads, light guides, and other items that facilitate use of the da Vinci Surgical System. It markets its products directly and through distributors in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
About Allied Healthcare Products
Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. manufactures and markets respiratory products for use in the health care industry in a range of hospitals and alternate site settings worldwide. The company's respiratory care/anesthesia products comprise air compressors, calibration equipment, humidifiers, croup tents, and equipment dryers, as well as respiratory disposable products, such as oxygen tubing products, facemasks, cannulas, and ventilator circuits; and home respiratory care products include aluminum oxygen cylinders, oxygen regulators, pneumatic nebulizers, and portable suction equipment. It also provides medical gas equipment, which comprise construction products consisting of in-wall medical system components, central station pumps and compressors, and headwalls; regulation devices and suction equipment comprising flowmeters, vacuum regulators, and pressure regulators, as well as related adapters, fittings, and hoses that measure, regulate, monitor, and transfer medical gases from walled piping or equipment to patients; and disposable oxygen cylinders to provide oxygen for short periods. In addition, the company offers medical products that include respiratory/resuscitation products comprising demand resuscitation valves, portable resuscitation systems, bag masks and related products, emergency transport ventilators, precision oxygen regulators, minilators, multilators, and humidifiers; and trauma and patient handling products, such as spine immobilization products, pneumatic anti-shock garments, and trauma burn kits. It serves hospitals, hospital equipment dealers, hospital construction contractors, home health care dealers, emergency medical products dealers, and others. Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
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