Symmetry Medical (SMA) versus Neurometrix (NURO) Financial Review

Symmetry Medical (NYSE: SMA) and Neurometrix (NASDAQ:NURO) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.8% of Neurometrix shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of Neurometrix shares are owned 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Symmetry Medical and Neurometrix, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symmetry Medical 0 0 0 0 N/A
Neurometrix 0 0 1 0 3.00

Neurometrix has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 57.89%.

Profitability

This table compares Symmetry Medical and Neurometrix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symmetry Medical N/A N/A N/A
Neurometrix -80.57% -232.71% -140.16%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Symmetry Medical and Neurometrix’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symmetry Medical N/A N/A N/A ($0.06) N/A
Neurometrix $12.03 million 0.37 -$14.91 million ($17.01) -0.11

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

About Symmetry Medical

Symmetry Medical Inc. (Symmetry) is a medical device solutions company, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays. The Company designs, develops and offers worldwide production and supply chain capabilities for these products to customers in the orthopedic industry, and other medical device markets (including but not limited to arthroscopy, dental, laparoscopy, osteobiologic, and endoscopy segments). It also manufactures specialized non-healthcare products, primarily in the aerospace industry. The Company operates in two segments: original equipment manufacturer (OEM) solutions and symmetry surgical. On August 15, 2011, the Company acquired PSC Industries, Inc’s Olsen Medical division. On December 29, 2011 it acquired the surgical instruments product portfolio from Codman & Shurtleff, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company.

About Neurometrix

NeuroMetrix, Inc. is a healthcare company combining bioelectrical and digital medicine to address chronic health conditions, including chronic pain, sleep disorders and diabetes. The Company is engaged in the sale of medical equipment, and consumables and accessories. It has two principal product lines: Wearable neuro-stimulation therapeutic devices and Point-of-care neuropathy diagnostic tests. Its products include ADVANCE NCS/EMG System (the ADVANCE System), Quell, SENSUS and DPNCheck. Quell is a wearable device for relief of chronic intractable pain, such as nerve pain due to diabetes and lower back problems. The SENSUS pain therapy device, the technological predecessor to Quell, is a prescription neuro-stimulation device based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for relief of chronic, intractable pain. DPNCheck is a quantitative nerve conduction test. ADVANCE System is a platform for the performance of traditional nerve conduction studies.

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