Alliance HealthCare Services (NASDAQ: AIQ) and Mazor Robotics (NASDAQ:MZOR) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alliance HealthCare Services and Mazor Robotics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alliance HealthCare Services N/A N/A N/A ($0.17) -76.47
Mazor Robotics $48.85 million 26.53 -$18.28 million ($0.79) -68.04

Alliance HealthCare Services has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Mazor Robotics. Alliance HealthCare Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mazor Robotics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Alliance HealthCare Services has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mazor Robotics has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Alliance HealthCare Services and Mazor Robotics, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alliance HealthCare Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mazor Robotics 2 5 1 0 1.88

Mazor Robotics has a consensus price target of $37.00, indicating a potential downside of 31.16%. Given Mazor Robotics’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Mazor Robotics is more favorable than Alliance HealthCare Services.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.0% of Alliance HealthCare Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.8% of Mazor Robotics shares are held by institutional investors. 54.8% of Alliance HealthCare Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Alliance HealthCare Services and Mazor Robotics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alliance HealthCare Services 3.63% N/A 3.07%
Mazor Robotics -37.66% -28.51% -22.75%


Alliance HealthCare Services beats Mazor Robotics on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alliance HealthCare Services Company Profile

Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc. (Alliance) is a provider of outsourced healthcare services to hospitals and providers. The Company operates through three segments: Radiology Division, Oncology Division and Interventional Healthcare Services Division. The radiology segment comprises diagnostic imaging services, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and other imaging services. The radiology segment also comprises radiation oncology services. The interventional healthcare services segment provides interventional healthcare through therapeutic minimally invasive pain management procedures medical management, laboratory testing and other services. The Company operates freestanding outpatient radiology, oncology and interventional clinics, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) that are not owned by hospitals or providers. It operates over 560 diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy systems.

Mazor Robotics Company Profile

Mazor Robotics Ltd is an Israel-based medical device company that develops and markets surgical guidance systems and complementary products. It develops computerized and imaging-based systems in the field of spine surgery. Its products include: Renaissance Surgical Guidance System, which enables surgeons to advance from freehand surgical procedures to guided procedures, as well as Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared and European Conformity (CE)-marked Renaissance System, used in spine surgeries, whether open or minimally invasive, for a number of clinical indications. Its Renaissance System and its predecessor are used in a number of spine surgeries, including fusion, correction of spinal deformities, biopsy collection, tumor excision and cement augmentations. Furthermore the Company developed the Renaissance Brain Module, an application of its Renaissance System that provides control over the insertion of surgical instruments during brain surgery.

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