PhotoMedex (NASDAQ: PHMD) and ABIOMED (NASDAQ:ABMD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.2% of PhotoMedex shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.5% of ABIOMED shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.4% of PhotoMedex shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of ABIOMED shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PhotoMedex and ABIOMED’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PhotoMedex $30.70 million 0.16 -$1.42 million N/A N/A
ABIOMED $474.78 million 14.41 $110.92 million $1.69 92.23

ABIOMED has higher revenue and earnings than PhotoMedex.

Risk & Volatility

PhotoMedex has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ABIOMED has a beta of 0.2, indicating that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for PhotoMedex and ABIOMED, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PhotoMedex 0 0 0 0 N/A
ABIOMED 0 1 6 0 2.86

ABIOMED has a consensus target price of $155.83, suggesting a potential downside of 0.02%. Given ABIOMED’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ABIOMED is more favorable than PhotoMedex.


This table compares PhotoMedex and ABIOMED’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PhotoMedex -52.25% N/A -45.55%
ABIOMED 16.13% 13.03% 10.98%


ABIOMED beats PhotoMedex on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

PhotoMedex Company Profile

PhotoMedex, Inc. is a global health products and services company providing integrated disease management and solutions to dermatologists, professional aestheticians and consumers. The Company provides products and services that address skin diseases and conditions, including acne and photo damage. The Company operates through three business segments: Consumer segment, Physician Recurring segment and Professional segment. The Company provides skin health solutions to spa markets, as well as traditional retail, online and infomercial outlets for home-use products. The Company’s Consumer segment is engaged in the designing, development, manufacturing and selling of long-term hair reduction and acne consumer products. Its Physician Recurring segment is engaged in the sales of skincare products. Its Professional segment is engaged in the sale of equipment, such as medical and esthetic light and heat based products. Its LHE brands includes Mistral, Kona, FSD, SpaTouch Elite and accessories.

ABIOMED Company Profile

ABIOMED, Inc. is a provider of temporary percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices. The Company offers care to heart failure patients. The Company operates in the segment of the research, development and sale of medical devices to assist or replace the pumping function of the failing heart. The Company develops, manufactures and markets products that are designed to enable the heart to rest, heal and recover by improving blood flow to the coronary arteries and end-organs and/or temporarily performing the pumping function of the heart. The Company’s product portfolio includes the Impella 2.5, Impella CP, Impella RP, Impella LD, Impella 5.0 and AB5000. The Company’s products are used in the cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab), by interventional cardiologists, the electrophysiology lab, the hybrid lab and in the heart surgery suite by heart surgeons.

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