China Kanghui (NYSE: KH) and St Jude Medical (NYSE:STJ) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Dividends

St Jude Medical pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. China Kanghui does not pay a dividend. St Jude Medical pays out 54.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. China Kanghui has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Kanghui and St Jude Medical’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Kanghui N/A N/A N/A $0.72 N/A
St Jude Medical N/A N/A N/A $2.28 35.45

China Kanghui is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than St Jude Medical, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares China Kanghui and St Jude Medical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Kanghui N/A N/A N/A
St Jude Medical 14.14% 19.40% 6.75%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for China Kanghui and St Jude Medical, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Kanghui 0 0 0 0 N/A
St Jude Medical 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.7% of St Jude Medical shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of St Jude Medical shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

St Jude Medical beats China Kanghui on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Kanghui

China Kanghui Holdings is a holding company and conducts all of its business through its two wholly owned subsidiaries in China, Changzhou Kanghui Medical Innovation Co., Ltd. (Changzhou Kanghui) and Beijing Libeier. The Company is a domestic developer, manufacturer and marketer of orthopedic implants in People’s Republic of China. The Company’s orthopedic implant brands are Kanghui and Libeier. It sells two lines of orthopedic implant products, trauma and spine. Its major trauma products, used in the surgical treatment of bone fractures, include a range of nails, plates and screws. Its major spine products, used in the surgical treatment of spine disorders, include screws, meshes, interbody cages and fixation systems. On July 31, 2008, we acquired 100% of the equity interests of Beijing Libeier. On July 31, 2009, the Company established Shanghai Zhikang Medical Devices Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Zhikang), which is wholly owned by Changzhou Kanghui.

About St Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical, Inc. is focused on the development, manufacture and distribution of cardiovascular medical devices for the global cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular and atrial fibrillation therapy areas, and interventional pain therapy and neurostimulation devices for the management of chronic pain and movement disorders. The Company’s product categories include tachycardia implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems; atrial fibrillation products (electrophysiology introducers and catheters, advanced cardiac mapping, navigation and recording systems and ablation systems); bradycardia pacemaker systems; vascular products (vascular closure products, pressure measurement guidewires, optical coherence tomography imaging products, vascular plugs, heart failure monitoring devices and other vascular accessories); structural heart products (heart valve replacement and repair products and structural heart defect devices); neuromodulation products, and Thoratec products.

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