DENTSPLY SIRONA (NASDAQ: XRAY) and NeuroMetrix (NASDAQ:NURO) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for DENTSPLY SIRONA and NeuroMetrix, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DENTSPLY SIRONA 1 2 8 0 2.64
NeuroMetrix 0 0 2 0 3.00

DENTSPLY SIRONA currently has a consensus target price of $66.20, suggesting a potential upside of 20.80%. NeuroMetrix has a consensus target price of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1,138.10%. Given NeuroMetrix’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe NeuroMetrix is more favorable than DENTSPLY SIRONA.

Dividends

DENTSPLY SIRONA pays an annual dividend of $0.35 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. NeuroMetrix does not pay a dividend. DENTSPLY SIRONA pays out -10.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DENTSPLY SIRONA and NeuroMetrix’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DENTSPLY SIRONA $3.84 billion 3.28 $825.00 million ($3.47) -15.79
NeuroMetrix $15.72 million 0.28 -$13.27 million ($20.01) -0.10

DENTSPLY SIRONA has higher revenue and earnings than NeuroMetrix. DENTSPLY SIRONA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NeuroMetrix, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares DENTSPLY SIRONA and NeuroMetrix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DENTSPLY SIRONA -20.57% 7.24% 5.02%
NeuroMetrix -83.92% -209.56% -135.03%

Risk and Volatility

DENTSPLY SIRONA has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NeuroMetrix has a beta of 0.44, suggesting that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.1% of DENTSPLY SIRONA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.5% of NeuroMetrix shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of DENTSPLY SIRONA shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of NeuroMetrix shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

DENTSPLY SIRONA beats NeuroMetrix on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DENTSPLY SIRONA

DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. is a manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies. The Company develops, manufactures, and markets solutions offering, including dental and oral health products, as well as other consumable medical devices. It operates through two segments: Dental and Healthcare Consumables, and Technologies. The dental industry encompasses the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and ailments of the teeth, gums and supporting bone. Its principal dental product categories are dental consumable products, dental laboratory products, dental specialty products and dental equipment. Additionally, its consumable medical device products are used for urological and surgical applications. These products are produced by the Company in the United States and internationally and are distributed throughout the world under various brand names, including ANKYLOS, AQUASIL ULTRA, ARTICADENT, ATLANTIS, CALIBRA, CAULK, CAVITRON, CELTRA, DELTON, DENTSPLY, DETREY and DYRACT.

About NeuroMetrix

NeuroMetrix, Inc. is a healthcare company combining bioelectrical and digital medicine to address chronic health conditions, including chronic pain, sleep disorders and diabetes. The Company is engaged in the sale of medical equipment, and consumables and accessories. It has two principal product lines: Wearable neuro-stimulation therapeutic devices and Point-of-care neuropathy diagnostic tests. Its products include ADVANCE NCS/EMG System (the ADVANCE System), Quell, SENSUS and DPNCheck. Quell is a wearable device for relief of chronic intractable pain, such as nerve pain due to diabetes and lower back problems. The SENSUS pain therapy device, the technological predecessor to Quell, is a prescription neuro-stimulation device based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for relief of chronic, intractable pain. DPNCheck is a quantitative nerve conduction test. ADVANCE System is a platform for the performance of traditional nerve conduction studies.

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