Digirad (NASDAQ: DRAD) and Zeltiq Aesthetics (NASDAQ:ZLTQ) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and risk.

Dividends

Digirad pays an annual dividend of $0.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.2%. Zeltiq Aesthetics does not pay a dividend. Digirad pays out -37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Digirad and Zeltiq Aesthetics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Digirad -9.93% 9.82% 6.02%
Zeltiq Aesthetics 9.78% 31.74% 20.11%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Digirad and Zeltiq Aesthetics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Digirad 0 0 1 0 3.00
Zeltiq Aesthetics 0 8 1 0 2.11

Digirad currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 150.00%. Zeltiq Aesthetics has a consensus price target of $56.83, indicating a potential upside of 0.63%. Given Digirad’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Digirad is more favorable than Zeltiq Aesthetics.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

53.1% of Digirad shares are held by institutional investors. 11.9% of Digirad shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of Zeltiq Aesthetics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Digirad and Zeltiq Aesthetics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Digirad $125.47 million 0.38 $14.30 million ($0.58) -4.14
Zeltiq Aesthetics N/A N/A N/A ($0.03) -1,882.67

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

Summary

Digirad beats Zeltiq Aesthetics on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Digirad

Digirad Corporation provides healthcare solutions. The Company’s segments include Diagnostic Services, Mobile Healthcare, Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Device Sales and Services. Through Diagnostic Services, the Company offers an imaging services program as an alternative to purchasing equipment or outsourcing the procedures to another physician or imaging center. Through Mobile Healthcare segment, the Company provides contract sales services and diagnostic imaging services. Through Diagnostic Imaging segment, the Company sells its internally developed solid-state gamma camera imaging systems and camera maintenance contracts. Through Medical Device Sales and Services segment, the Company provides contract sales services, as well as warranty and post-warranty services, under contract with Philips Healthcare within a defined region in the upper Midwest region of the United States.

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.

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