Cogentix Medical (NASDAQ: CGNT) and Derma Sciences (NASDAQ:DSCI) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Cogentix Medical has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Derma Sciences has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cogentix Medical and Derma Sciences, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cogentix Medical 0 0 1 0 3.00
Derma Sciences 0 1 0 0 2.00

Institutional & Insider Ownership

12.6% of Cogentix Medical shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.9% of Derma Sciences shares are owned by institutional investors. 62.7% of Cogentix Medical shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.9% of Derma Sciences shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cogentix Medical and Derma Sciences’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cogentix Medical $51.85 3.33 -$22.09 ($0.41) -6.90
Derma Sciences N/A N/A N/A ($0.40) N/A

Derma Sciences has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Cogentix Medical. Cogentix Medical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Derma Sciences, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cogentix Medical and Derma Sciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cogentix Medical -35.88% -13.83% -10.53%
Derma Sciences -20.97% -17.10% -12.43%

Summary

Cogentix Medical beats Derma Sciences on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cogentix Medical

Cogentix Medical, Inc. is a global medical device company. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets a line of fiber-optic and video endoscopy products under the PrimeSight brand that are used across various surgical specialties in diagnostic and treatment procedures. The Company also offers the Urgent PC Neuromodulation System (Urgent PC Systems), a device that delivers percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS), for the office-based treatment of overactive bladder (OAB). The Company also offers Macroplastique Implants, an injectable urethral bulking agent for the treatment of adult female stress urinary incontinence that is primarily due to intrinsic sphincter deficiency. The PrimeSight flexible endoscopes are used in conjunction with the sterile, single-use microbial barrier known as the EndoSheath Protective Barrier. The PrimeSight endoscopy line also includes rigid endoscopes and portable peripherals, such as the video system and stroboscopy unit.

About Derma Sciences

Derma Sciences, Inc. (Derma Sciences) is a medical device company. The Company operates through two segments: advanced wound care and traditional wound care products. Advanced wound care products principally consist of both novel and otherwise differentiated dressings, devices and skin substitutes designed to promote wound healing and/or prevent infection. The Company’s advanced wound care product line consists of MEDIHONEY, TCC-EZ, AMNIOEXCEL and AMNIOMATRIX, XTRASORB and BIOGUARD. Traditional wound care products principally consist of commodity related dressings, ointments, gauze bandages, adhesive bandages, wound closure strips, catheter fasteners and skin care products. The Company’s traditional wound care product line includes branded gauze sponges and bandages, non-adherent impregnated dressings, retention devices, paste bandages and other compression devices for the medical markets.

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