Halyard Health (NYSE: HYH) is one of 79 public companies in the “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Halyard Health to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Halyard Health and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halyard Health 0 2 3 0 2.60
Halyard Health Competitors 210 1246 2689 95 2.63

Halyard Health currently has a consensus target price of $44.00, suggesting a potential downside of 9.11%. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 4.79%. Given Halyard Health’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Halyard Health has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.3% of Halyard Health shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.6% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Halyard Health shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Halyard Health has a beta of 1.77, indicating that its stock price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Halyard Health’s peers have a beta of 0.91, indicating that their average stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Halyard Health and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halyard Health 3.52% 8.65% 4.69%
Halyard Health Competitors -110.65% -39.17% -9.86%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Halyard Health and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Halyard Health $1.59 billion $39.80 million 40.68
Halyard Health Competitors $975.11 million $120.37 million 249.94

Halyard Health has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Halyard Health is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Halyard Health peers beat Halyard Health on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Halyard Health Company Profile

Halyard Health, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company operates through two segments: Medical Devices and Surgical and Infection Prevention (S&IP). The Medical Devices segment provides a portfolio of product offerings focused on pain management, respiratory and digestive health. The S&IP segment provides healthcare supplies and solutions that target the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. The Company address healthcare needs, such as reducing the use of opioids, while helping patients move from surgery to recovery. The Medical Devices segment’s products include post-operative pain management solutions, minimally invasive interventional (or chronic) pain therapies, closed airway suction systems and enteral feeding tubes. The S&IP segment includes product offerings, such as sterilization wrap, surgical drapes and gowns, facial protection, protective apparel and medical exam gloves.

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