Derma Sciences (NASDAQ: DSCI) and Edap Tms (NASDAQ:EDAP) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Derma Sciences and Edap Tms, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Derma Sciences 0 1 0 0 2.00
Edap Tms 0 0 1 0 3.00

Edap Tms has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 141.64%. Given Edap Tms’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Edap Tms is more favorable than Derma Sciences.

Profitability

This table compares Derma Sciences and Edap Tms’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Derma Sciences -20.97% -17.10% -12.43%
Edap Tms -5.36% 7.85% 4.24%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Derma Sciences and Edap Tms’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Derma Sciences N/A N/A N/A ($0.31) -22.58
Edap Tms $39.28 million 1.99 $4.25 million ($0.08) -33.62

Edap Tms has higher revenue and earnings than Derma Sciences. Edap Tms is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Derma Sciences, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.9% of Derma Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.3% of Edap Tms shares are held by institutional investors. 9.9% of Derma Sciences shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Edap Tms beats Derma Sciences on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Derma Sciences Company Profile

Derma Sciences, Inc. (Derma Sciences) is a medical device company. The Company operates through two segments: advanced wound care and traditional wound care products. Advanced wound care products principally consist of both novel and otherwise differentiated dressings, devices and skin substitutes designed to promote wound healing and/or prevent infection. The Company’s advanced wound care product line consists of MEDIHONEY, TCC-EZ, AMNIOEXCEL and AMNIOMATRIX, XTRASORB and BIOGUARD. Traditional wound care products principally consist of commodity related dressings, ointments, gauze bandages, adhesive bandages, wound closure strips, catheter fasteners and skin care products. The Company’s traditional wound care product line includes branded gauze sponges and bandages, non-adherent impregnated dressings, retention devices, paste bandages and other compression devices for the medical markets.

Edap Tms Company Profile

EDAP TMS S.A. (EDAP) is a holding company engaged in developing and marketing the Ablatherm and Focal One devices. The Company operates two divisions: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and Urology Devices and Services (UDS) (including lithotripsy activities). The Company is developing HIFU technology for the treatment of certain other types of tumors. The Company also produces and commercializes medical equipment for treatment of urinary tract stones using extra-corporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) and distributes other types of urology devices in certain countries. The HIFU division is engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of medical devices based on HIFU technology for the invasive treatment of urological and other clinical indications. The UDS division is engaged in the development, marketing, manufacturing and servicing of medical devices for the invasive diagnosis or treatment of urological disorders, urinary stones, and other clinical indications.

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