Contrasting Cerus (CERS) & Amedica (AMDA)

Cerus (NASDAQ: CERS) and Amedica (NASDAQ:AMDA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.8% of Cerus shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.8% of Amedica shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.4% of Cerus shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Amedica shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Cerus has a beta of 2.22, suggesting that its stock price is 122% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amedica has a beta of -1.82, suggesting that its stock price is 282% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Cerus and Amedica’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cerus -159.35% -142.18% -67.72%
Amedica -71.07% -73.86% -36.96%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cerus and Amedica’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cerus $39.28 million 11.72 -$62.90 million ($0.59) -6.27
Amedica $15.23 million 0.60 -$14.76 million N/A N/A

Amedica has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cerus.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Cerus and Amedica, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cerus 0 1 4 0 2.80
Amedica 0 2 0 0 2.00

Cerus currently has a consensus price target of $6.20, indicating a potential upside of 67.57%. Amedica has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 1,886.75%. Given Amedica’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Amedica is more favorable than Cerus.

About Cerus

Cerus Corporation is a biomedical products company. The Company is engaged in developing and commercializing the INTERCEPT Blood System for blood safety. The Company operates through blood safety segment. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is based on its technology for controlling biological replication, and is designed to reduce blood-borne pathogens in donated blood components intended for transfusion. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is designed to target and inactivate blood-borne pathogens, such as viruses, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), West Nile, Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), hepatitis B and C; bacteria and parasites, as well as harmful white blood cells, while preserving the therapeutic properties of platelet, plasma and red blood cell transfusion products. The Company’s INTERCEPT Blood System is for use with blood components, including plasma, platelets, and red blood cells.

About Amedica

Amedica Corporation is a commercial biomaterial company. The Company is a vertically integrated silicon nitride orthopedic medical device manufacturer. It is focused on using its silicon nitride ceramic technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell a range of medical devices. It is also engaged in developing wear- and corrosion-resistant implant components for hip and knee arthroplasty. The Company markets its Valeo family of silicon nitride interbody spinal fusion devices in the United States, Europe and Brazil for use in the cervical and thoracolumbar areas of the spine. In addition to its silicon nitride-based spinal fusion products, it markets a line of non-silicon nitride spinal surgery products, which allows the Company to provide surgeons and hospitals with a solution for spinal procedures. Its Valeo interbody spinal fusion devices include Anterior Lumbar, Posterior Lumbar, Oblique Lumbar, Transforaminal Lumbar, Lateral Lumbar, Cervical and Corpectomy.

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