Asante Solutions (NASDAQ: PUMP) and Halyard Health (NYSE:HYH) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Asante Solutions and Halyard Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Asante Solutions -2,766.48% N/A -208.12%
Halyard Health 3.06% 8.29% 4.44%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Asante Solutions and Halyard Health’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Asante Solutions $666.25 million 1.47 $51.36 million N/A N/A
Halyard Health $1.60 billion 1.33 $182.00 million $1.03 44.05

Halyard Health has higher revenue and earnings than Asante Solutions.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Halyard Health shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Halyard Health shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Asante Solutions and Halyard Health, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Asante Solutions 1 1 10 1 2.85
Halyard Health 0 1 3 0 2.75

Asante Solutions currently has a consensus target price of $18.70, suggesting a potential upside of 58.34%. Halyard Health has a consensus target price of $41.67, suggesting a potential downside of 8.16%. Given Asante Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Asante Solutions is more favorable than Halyard Health.

Summary

Halyard Health beats Asante Solutions on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Asante Solutions

Asante Solutions, Inc. is a medical device company. The Company is a manufacturer of Asante Snap Insulin Pump System (Snap system), which is a pump featuring a modular design with pre-filled insulin cartridges and disposable pump bodies, utilized in combination with a controller. The Snap system comprises four components: the Snap system controller, a disposable pump body, disposable pre-filled insulin cartridges and disposable infusion sets. The Snap system also incorporates a technology that allows for auto-priming, whereby, without user intervention, the infusion tubing is automatically filled with insulin every time a new cartridge is inserted. The disposable pump body, which contains a fresh battery, is designed to be used for a week. The Company markets the Snap system through distributors of medical equipment and supplies to individuals with diabetes.

About Halyard Health

Halyard Health, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company operates through two segments: Medical Devices and Surgical and Infection Prevention (S&IP). The Medical Devices segment provides a portfolio of product offerings focused on pain management, respiratory and digestive health. The S&IP segment provides healthcare supplies and solutions that target the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. The Company address healthcare needs, such as reducing the use of opioids, while helping patients move from surgery to recovery. The Medical Devices segment’s products include post-operative pain management solutions, minimally invasive interventional (or chronic) pain therapies, closed airway suction systems and enteral feeding tubes. The S&IP segment includes product offerings, such as sterilization wrap, surgical drapes and gowns, facial protection, protective apparel and medical exam gloves.

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