Myriad Genetics (NASDAQ: MYGN) and Vascular Solutions (NASDAQ:VASC) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.2% of Vascular Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Myriad Genetics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Vascular Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Myriad Genetics and Vascular Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Myriad Genetics 3 6 1 0 1.80
Vascular Solutions 0 4 0 0 2.00

Myriad Genetics currently has a consensus price target of $21.00, suggesting a potential downside of 24.62%. Vascular Solutions has a consensus price target of $55.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.89%. Given Vascular Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vascular Solutions is more favorable than Myriad Genetics.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Myriad Genetics and Vascular Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Myriad Genetics $771.40 million 2.47 $97.70 million $0.32 87.07
Vascular Solutions N/A N/A N/A $0.70 80.00

Myriad Genetics has higher revenue and earnings than Vascular Solutions. Vascular Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Myriad Genetics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Myriad Genetics and Vascular Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Myriad Genetics 2.83% 9.67% 5.75%
Vascular Solutions 13.02% 15.78% 14.30%

Risk and Volatility

Myriad Genetics has a beta of 0.31, indicating that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vascular Solutions has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vascular Solutions beats Myriad Genetics on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Myriad Genetics

Myriad Genetics, Inc. is a molecular diagnostic company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and marketing of transformative molecular diagnostic tests. The Company operates through two segments: diagnostics and other. The diagnostics segment provides testing and collaborative development of testing that is designed to assess an individual’s risk for developing disease later in life, identify a patient’s likelihood of responding to drug therapy and guide a patient’s dosing to enable optimal treatment, or assess a patient’s risk of disease progression and disease recurrence. The other segment provides testing products and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical research industries, research and development, and clinical services for patients, and also includes corporate services, such as finance, human resources, legal and information technology. Its molecular diagnostic tests include myRisk Hereditary Cancer, BRACAnalysis CDx and COLARIS.

About Vascular Solutions

Vascular Solutions, Inc. is a medical device company focused on bringing clinically advanced solutions to the market for treating coronary and peripheral vascular disease. The Company’s product line consists of devices and services that are sold to interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists, electrophysiologists and vein practices around the world. Its products include GuideLiner catheters, Pronto catheters, Vein catheter reprocessing, Micro-introducer kits, Hemostatic patches, Radial access products, Langston catheters and D-Stat Flowable hemostat. The Company’s product portfolio includes a spectrum of over 90 products consisting of approximately 900 stock keeping units (SKUs) covering an array of blood clotting devices, extraction catheters, access catheters, guide extension catheters, micro-introducer kits, guidewires, snare and retrieval devices, a reprocessing service for radiofrequency catheters and a laser and procedure kits for the treatment of varicose veins.

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