IRIDEX Corporation (NASDAQ: IRIX) is one of 82 public companies in the “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare IRIDEX Corporation to similar businesses based off the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares IRIDEX Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IRIDEX Corporation -37.62% -16.87% -13.86%
IRIDEX Corporation Competitors -332.25% -34.02% -12.98%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for IRIDEX Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IRIDEX Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
IRIDEX Corporation Competitors 415 2177 3381 122 2.53

IRIDEX Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 123.71%. All “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies have a potential downside of 21.23%. Given IRIDEX Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe IRIDEX Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares IRIDEX Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
IRIDEX Corporation $42.80 million -$5.81 million -5.92
IRIDEX Corporation Competitors $2.01 billion $429.46 million -57.72

IRIDEX Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than IRIDEX Corporation. IRIDEX Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

IRIDEX Corporation has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IRIDEX Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.89, indicating that their average stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.5% of IRIDEX Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.1% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of IRIDEX Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

About IRIDEX Corporation

IRIDEX Corporation is a provider of therapeutic based laser consoles, delivery devices and consumable instrumentation used to treat sight-threatening eye diseases in ophthalmology. The Company operates through ophthalmology segment. Its ophthalmology products consist of laser consoles, delivery devices and consumable instrumentation, including laser probes, and are used in the treatment of serious eye diseases, including the over three causes of irreversible blindness, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In addition, the Company’s ophthalmology products are often used in vitrectomy procedures (used to treat proliferative diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, retinal tears and detachments), which are generally performed in the operating room and require a consumable single use intraocular laser probe (EndoProbe) to deliver light to the back of the eye together with other instrumentation.

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