Utah Medical Products (NASDAQ: UTMD) and LDR (NASDAQ:LDRH) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.7% of Utah Medical Products shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.1% of Utah Medical Products shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Utah Medical Products and LDR, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Utah Medical Products 0 0 0 0 N/A
LDR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Utah Medical Products pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. LDR does not pay a dividend. Utah Medical Products pays out 28.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Utah Medical Products and LDR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Utah Medical Products 34.31% 18.31% 16.40%
LDR -18.02% -16.37% -13.65%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Utah Medical Products and LDR’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Utah Medical Products $39.30 million 7.73 $12.12 million $3.68 22.20
LDR N/A N/A N/A ($0.71) -52.08

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

Summary

Utah Medical Products beats LDR on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Utah Medical Products

Utah Medical Products, Inc. (UTMD) is engaged in the business of producing medical devices that are disposable and for hospital use. The Company’s product categories include labor and delivery/obstetrics, including fetal monitoring accessories, Vacuum-Assisted Delivery Systems (VAD), and other labor and delivery tools; neonatal intensive care, including DISPOSA-HOOD, DELTRAN PLUS and GESCO; gynecology/urology/electrosurgery, including LETZ System, FINESSE+ Generator, EPITOME, PATHFINDER PLUS, HOLMIUM LASER FIBRES, LIBERTY System, ENDOCURETTE, TVUS/HSG-Cath and LUMIN, and blood pressure monitoring, including DELTRAN Disposable Pressure Transducer (DPT), and pressure monitoring accessories, components and other molded parts. UTMD markets a range of medical devices used in critical care areas, especially the neonatal intensive care unit, the labor and delivery department and the women’s health center in hospitals, as well as products sold to outpatient clinics and physician’s offices.

About LDR

LDR Holding Corporation is a medical device company. The Company focuses on designing and commercializing surgical technologies for the treatment of patients suffering from spine disorders. The Company’s primary products are based on its VerteBRIDGE fusion and Mobi non-fusion platforms, both of which are designed for applications in the cervical and lumbar spine. The Company’s VerteBRIDGE products are designed around its plating technology that enables surgeons to implant VerteBRIDGE devices with direct visualization of the disc and to affix the devices to the vertebrae from inside the spinal disc space. The Company’s Mobi non-fusion platform is underlined by Mobi-C, a cervical disc replacement device with a mobile bearing core that is designed to replicate the natural anatomical movement of the spine by facilitating independent bending and twisting similar to a healthy disc. The Company’s traditional fusion products include Easyspine, MC+, ROI, ROI-T, SpineTune and C-Plate.

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