Nanosphere (NASDAQ: NSPH) is one of 80 publicly-traded companies in the “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Nanosphere to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

50.8% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.8% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nanosphere -99.68% -232.37% -65.52%
Nanosphere Competitors -316.68% -23.94% -10.20%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nanosphere and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Nanosphere N/A N/A -0.31
Nanosphere Competitors $2.14 billion $234.27 million -87.77

Nanosphere’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Nanosphere. Nanosphere is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Nanosphere and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nanosphere 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nanosphere Competitors 328 1966 3480 111 2.57

As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies have a potential downside of 3.42%. Given Nanosphere’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Nanosphere has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Nanosphere peers beat Nanosphere on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

About Nanosphere

Nanosphere, Inc. is engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing an advanced molecular diagnostics platform, the Verigene System, which enables genomic and protein testing on a single platform. The Verigene System includes a molecular diagnostics workstation that is a single use consumable for testing. The Verigene System consists of a microfluidics processor, a touchscreen reader and disposable test cartridges. The Company is focused on the infectious disease diagnostics market. Its Infectious Disease Assays include Respiratory Virus with Sub-Typing (RV+); Respiratory Pathogens/Expanded Panel (RP Flex); Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Panels, which include Blood Culture – Gram Positive (BC-GP), Blood Culture – Gram Negative (BC-GN) and Blood Culture – Yeast (BC-Y); C. difficile (CDF), and Enteric Panel (EP). Its Human Pharmacogenetic Assays include Hypercoagulation (FV, FII, MTHFR Panel) and CYP2C19 Genetic Variance. It is focused on the infectious disease diagnostics market.

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