Merit Medical Systems (NASDAQ: MMSI) and Owens & Minor (NYSE:OMI) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Merit Medical Systems and Owens & Minor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Merit Medical Systems 4.87% 9.78% 5.72%
Owens & Minor 1.02% 11.64% 4.13%

Volatility & Risk

Merit Medical Systems has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Owens & Minor has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.1% of Merit Medical Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.8% of Owens & Minor shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Merit Medical Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Owens & Minor 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Merit Medical Systems and Owens & Minor’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Merit Medical Systems $672.31 million 3.09 $101.84 million $0.70 59.14
Owens & Minor $9.38 billion 0.18 $229.96 million $1.58 17.87

Owens & Minor has higher revenue and earnings than Merit Medical Systems. Owens & Minor is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Merit Medical Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Merit Medical Systems and Owens & Minor, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Merit Medical Systems 0 1 9 0 2.90
Owens & Minor 1 2 0 0 1.67

Merit Medical Systems currently has a consensus price target of $41.27, suggesting a potential downside of 0.31%. Owens & Minor has a consensus price target of $30.67, suggesting a potential upside of 8.59%. Given Owens & Minor’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Owens & Minor is more favorable than Merit Medical Systems.

Dividends

Owens & Minor pays an annual dividend of $1.03 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Merit Medical Systems does not pay a dividend. Owens & Minor pays out 65.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Owens & Minor has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Summary

Merit Medical Systems beats Owens & Minor on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Merit Medical Systems Company Profile

Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of disposable medical devices used in a range of interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic medical procedures. The Company operates in two segments: cardiovascular and endoscopy. The cardiovascular segment consists of cardiology and radiology devices, which assist in diagnosing and treating coronary arterial disease, peripheral vascular disease and other non-vascular diseases, and includes embolotherapeutic, cardiac rhythm management (CRM), electrophysiology (EP), and interventional oncology and spine devices. Its endoscopy segment consists of gastroenterology and pulmonology medical devices, which assist in the palliative treatment of expanding esophageal, tracheobronchial and biliary strictures caused by malignant tumors. Within its segments, the Company offers products focused in four product groups: peripheral intervention, cardiac intervention, interventional oncology and spine, and endoscopy.

Owens & Minor Company Profile

Owens & Minor, Inc. is a healthcare services company that connects the world of medical products to the point of care. The Company provides supply chain assistance to the providers of healthcare services and the manufacturers of healthcare products, supplies and devices. The Company’s segments include Domestic, International and Clinical & Procedural Solutions (CPS). The Domestic Segment offers a portfolio of products and services to healthcare providers and manufacturers in the United States. The Company also offers additional services to healthcare providers, including supplier management, analytics, inventory management, outsourced resource management, clinical supply management and business process consulting. The International segment includes its European distribution and logistics business. The CPS segment provides product-related solutions, helping manufacturers and healthcare providers source, assemble and deliver procedure kits to the point-of-care.

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