Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Medical Devices & Implants” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Stryker Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Stryker Corporation has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stryker Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.36, meaning that their average share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Stryker Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Stryker Corporation pays out 36.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Medical Devices & Implants” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.2% and pay out 42.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Stryker Corporation has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Stryker Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stryker Corporation 2 8 11 0 2.43
Stryker Corporation Competitors 109 724 1019 10 2.50

Stryker Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $151.74, indicating a potential downside of 1.78%. As a group, “Medical Devices & Implants” companies have a potential upside of 47.11%. Given Stryker Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Stryker Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Stryker Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Stryker Corporation $11.33 billion $1.65 billion 32.94
Stryker Corporation Competitors $1.67 billion $207.58 million 53.85

Stryker Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Stryker Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Stryker Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stryker Corporation 14.67% 24.11% 11.44%
Stryker Corporation Competitors -101.83% -91.99% -29.94%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.2% of Stryker Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.4% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.4% of Stryker Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of shares of all “Medical Devices & Implants” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Stryker Corporation beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Stryker Corporation

Stryker Corporation is a medical technology company. The Company offers a range of medical technologies, including orthopedic, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine products. The Company’s segments include Orthopaedics; MedSurg; Neurotechnology and Spine, and Corporate and Other. The Orthopaedics segment includes reconstructive (hip and knee) and trauma implant systems and other related products. The MedSurg segment includes surgical equipment and surgical navigation systems; endoscopic and communications systems; patient handling, emergency medical equipment, intensive care disposable products; reprocessed and remanufactured medical devices, and other related products. The Neurotechnology and Spine segment includes neurovascular products, spinal implant systems and other related products. The Company’s products include implants, which are used in joint replacement and trauma surgeries, and other products that are used in a range of medical specialties.

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