Contrasting VWR (VWR) & Nevro (NVRO)

VWR (NASDAQ: VWR) and Nevro (NYSE:NVRO) are both mid-cap healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VWR and Nevro’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VWR $4.51 billion 0.97 $148.20 million $1.14 29.17
Nevro $228.50 million 10.31 -$31.77 million ($1.45) -54.84

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


This table compares VWR and Nevro’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VWR 4.11% 11.79% 3.67%
Nevro -14.09% -17.27% -9.88%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for VWR and Nevro, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VWR 0 1 1 0 2.50
Nevro 0 1 6 0 2.86

VWR currently has a consensus price target of $32.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.76%. Nevro has a consensus price target of $99.71, suggesting a potential upside of 25.40%. Given Nevro’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Nevro is more favorable than VWR.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.7% of VWR shares are held by institutional investors. 35.5% of VWR shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of Nevro shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


VWR beats Nevro on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

VWR Company Profile

VWR Corporation is a provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers. The Company offers a portfolio of branded and private label laboratory products, services and solutions to the life science, general research and applied markets. The Company operates in two segments: Americas and EMEA-APAC. The Americas segment consists of operations located principally in the United States and Canada, as well as in Puerto Rico, Mexico and select countries in Central and South America, including Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. As of December 31, 2016, the Americas segment included 67 facilities located in eight countries. As of December 31, 2016, the EMEA-APAC segment consisted of its operations located principally in Europe, as well as in certain Asia-Pacific countries, and included 110 facilities located in 26 countries. The Company’s portfolio includes chemicals, reagents, consumables, durable products and scientific equipment and instruments.

Nevro Company Profile

Nevro Corp. is a global medical device company. The Company focuses on providing products that improve the quality of life of patients suffering from chronic pain. The Company has developed and commercialized the Senza spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system, an evidence-based neuromodulation platform for the treatment of chronic pain. Its HF10 therapy is designed to deliver neuromodulation solutions for treating chronic pain. HF10 therapy enables patients to achieve sustained pain relief without paresthesia, thus enabling its patients to avoid the uncomfortable shocking or jolting sensations commonly associated with paresthesia. HF10 therapy relies on consistent anatomical lead placement. As of December 31, 2016, it was investigating the use of HF10 therapy to address additional indications, such as chronic upper limb and neck pain, painful neuropathies and non-surgical refractory back pain. The Senza system is approved to create electrical impulses from 2 hertz (Hz) to 10,000 Hz.

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