Zeltiq Aesthetics (NASDAQ: ZLTQ) and Cogentix Medical (NASDAQ:CGNT) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Zeltiq Aesthetics and Cogentix Medical’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zeltiq Aesthetics N/A N/A N/A ($0.03) -1,882.67
Cogentix Medical $51.85 million 3.29 -$22.09 million ($0.41) -6.83

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

12.8% of Cogentix Medical shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.6% of Zeltiq Aesthetics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 62.7% of Cogentix Medical shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Zeltiq Aesthetics and Cogentix Medical, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zeltiq Aesthetics 0 8 1 0 2.11
Cogentix Medical 0 0 2 0 3.00

Zeltiq Aesthetics presently has a consensus target price of $56.83, suggesting a potential upside of 0.63%. Cogentix Medical has a consensus target price of $4.50, suggesting a potential upside of 60.71%. Given Cogentix Medical’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cogentix Medical is more favorable than Zeltiq Aesthetics.


This table compares Zeltiq Aesthetics and Cogentix Medical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zeltiq Aesthetics 9.78% 31.74% 20.11%
Cogentix Medical -36.14% -11.52% -10.04%


Cogentix Medical beats Zeltiq Aesthetics on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Zeltiq Aesthetics

ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing products utilizing its controlled-cooling technology platform. The Company’s product, the CoolSculpting System, is designed to reduce stubborn fat bulges. The Company sells its CoolSculpting system primarily to dermatologists, plastic surgeons, aesthetic specialists and obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) physicians. It also offers consumables, which are CoolSculpting procedure packs that are needed to perform procedures using its CoolSculpting system. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure. CoolSculpting utilizes its controlled cooling technology to selectively reduce stubborn fat bulges. The CoolSculpting system includes CoolSculpting control unit and CoolSculpting applicators. The CoolSculpting Applicator delivers vacuum suction and cooling to the fat bulge being treated.

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.

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