Hansen Medical (NASDAQ: HNSN) and Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) are both advanced medical equipment & technology – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.3% of Cerner Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.2% of Cerner Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hansen Medical and Cerner Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hansen Medical N/A N/A N/A ($31.62) -0.13
Cerner Corporation $4.80 billion 4.53 $636.48 million $2.01 32.54

Cerner Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Hansen Medical. Hansen Medical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cerner Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Hansen Medical and Cerner Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hansen Medical -317.95% N/A -96.52%
Cerner Corporation 13.37% 18.03% 12.89%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Hansen Medical and Cerner Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hansen Medical 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cerner Corporation 0 12 9 0 2.43

Cerner Corporation has a consensus target price of $69.18, indicating a potential upside of 5.77%. Given Cerner Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cerner Corporation is more favorable than Hansen Medical.


Cerner Corporation beats Hansen Medical on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hansen Medical Company Profile

Hansen Medical, Inc. is engaged in the development and marketing of medical devices. The Company develops, manufactures and sells a range of medical robotics designed for positioning, manipulation and stable control of catheters and catheter-based technologies. Its products include Sensei Robotic Catheter System (Sensei system), Artisan Extend Control Catheter, CoHesion 3D Visualization Module and Magellan System. Its Sensei system allows physicians to navigate catheters in interventional procedures within the atrial heart chambers. Its disposable Artisan Extend catheter assembly consists of a telescoping set of control catheters. Its CoHesion 3D Visualization Module is a software interface between its Sensei system and the St. Jude Medical EnSite System for Electro-Physiology procedures. The Magellan System controls the Magellan Robotic Catheter, which is a telescoping, steerable catheter designed to facilitate remote catheter navigation and vessel cannulation.

Cerner Corporation Company Profile

Cerner Corporation (Cerner) is a supplier of healthcare information technology (HCIT). The Company offers a range of intelligent solutions and services that support the clinical, financial and operational needs of organizations of all sizes. The Company’s segments include Domestic and Global. The Domestic segment includes revenue contributions and expenditures associated with business activity in the United States. The Global segment includes revenue contributions and expenditures linked to business activity in Aruba, Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. The Company’s solutions are offered on the unified Cerner Millennium architecture and on the HealtheIntent cloud-based platform.

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