Critical Survey: Volcano (VOLC) versus Viveve Medical (VIVE)

Volcano (NASDAQ: VOLC) and Viveve Medical (NASDAQ:VIVE) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.9% of Viveve Medical shares are held by institutional investors. 35.1% of Viveve Medical shares are held by company 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 Volcano and Viveve Medical’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Volcano N/A N/A N/A ($0.74) N/A
Viveve Medical $7.14 million 13.31 -$20.11 million ($2.16) -2.26

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

Profitability

This table compares Volcano and Viveve Medical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Volcano -8.21% -10.48% -3.68%
Viveve Medical -257.58% -275.77% -102.12%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Volcano and Viveve Medical, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Volcano 0 0 0 0 N/A
Viveve Medical 0 0 7 0 3.00

Viveve Medical has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 104.50%.

About Volcano

Volcano Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes a suite of precision guided therapy tools including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) products. The Company markets its products to physicians, nurses and technicians who perform endovascular based coronary and peripheral interventional procedures in hospitals and to other personnel who make purchasing decisions on behalf of hospitals. The Company’s products consist of consoles that are marketed as stand-alone units or as units that can be integrated into a variety of hospital-based interventional surgical suites called catheterization laboratories, or cath labs. The Company has developed customized cath lab versions of these consoles. The Company sells products directly to customers in the United States, Japan, certain European markets and South Africa. The Company’s products include consoles, IVUS products, FFR products, Pioneer plus re-entry catheter and crux VCF system.

About Viveve Medical

Viveve Medical, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets a medical device, Geneveve, for the non-invasive treatment of vaginal laxity, for improved sexual function, and for vaginal rejuvenation. The Company’s, Geneveve, is a non-invasive solution for vaginal laxity, which includes three components: the Viveve System (a radio frequency (RF), generator housed in a table-top console), a reusable handpiece and a single-use treatment tip, as well as several other consumable accessories. Physicians attach the single-use treatment tip to the handpiece, which is connected to the console. The generator authenticates the treatment tip and programs the system for the desired treatment without further physician intervention. The treatment is performed in a physician’s office, in less than 30 minutes, and does not require the use of anesthesia. Geneveve is indicated for use in general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis in the United States.

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