Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) and Mindray Medical International (NYSE:MR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Waters Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.1% of Waters Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Waters Corporation and Mindray Medical International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Waters Corporation 2 7 5 0 2.21
Mindray Medical International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Waters Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $185.55, suggesting a potential downside of 0.13%. Given Waters Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Waters Corporation is more favorable than Mindray Medical International.

Profitability

This table compares Waters Corporation and Mindray Medical International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Waters Corporation 24.26% 23.91% 11.89%
Mindray Medical International 15.93% 12.70% 8.37%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Waters Corporation and Mindray Medical International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Waters Corporation $2.21 billion 6.71 $766.04 million $6.62 28.06
Mindray Medical International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Waters Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Mindray Medical International.

Summary

Waters Corporation beats Mindray Medical International on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Waters Corporation Company Profile

Waters Corporation is an analytical instrument manufacturer. The Company operates through two segments: Waters and TA. It designs, manufactures, sells and services high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC and together with HPLC, referred to as LC) and mass spectrometry (MS) technology systems and support products, including chromatography columns, other consumable products and post-warranty service plans. It also designs, manufactures, sells and services thermal analysis, rheometry and calorimetry instruments through its TA product line. It is also a developer and supplier of software-based products that interface with the Company’s instruments, as well as other suppliers’ instruments. Its LC and LC-MS instruments are utilized in a range of industries to detect, identify, monitor and measure the chemical, physical and biological composition of materials, and to purify a range of compounds.

Mindray Medical International Company Profile

Mindray Medical International Limited is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices across the world. The Company operates in three segments: patient monitoring and life support products, in-vitro diagnostic products and medical imaging systems. Its patient monitoring devices track the physiological parameters of patients, such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and temperature. It offers patient monitoring devices that are suitable for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients and are used principally in hospital intensive care units, operating rooms and emergency rooms. Its life support products provide operation room or intensive care unit solutions for the end users in the operating room. Its in-vitro diagnostic products provide data and analysis on blood, urine and other bodily fluid samples for clinical diagnosis and treatment. Its medical imaging systems segment includes ultrasound systems, digital radiography systems and a magnetic resonance imaging system.

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