Wright Medical Group (NYSE: HYH) and Halyard Health (NYSE:HYH) are both mid-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Wright Medical Group and Halyard Health’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wright Medical Group $744.99 million 4.04 -$202.59 million ($0.22) -128.55
Halyard Health $611.60 million 4.40 $79.30 million $2.35 24.36

Halyard Health has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Wright Medical Group. Wright Medical Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Halyard Health, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Wright Medical Group and Halyard Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wright Medical Group -24.74% -1.94% -0.50%
Halyard Health 7.72% 7.90% 4.38%

Risk & Volatility

Wright Medical Group has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Halyard Health has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Wright Medical Group and Halyard Health, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wright Medical Group 0 2 11 0 2.85
Halyard Health 1 0 3 0 2.50

Wright Medical Group presently has a consensus target price of $30.58, indicating a potential upside of 8.14%. Halyard Health has a consensus target price of $59.25, indicating a potential upside of 3.49%. Given Wright Medical Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Wright Medical Group is more favorable than Halyard Health.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.2% of Halyard Health shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Wright Medical Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Halyard Health shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Halyard Health beats Wright Medical Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Wright Medical Group Company Profile

Wright Medical Group N.V., a medical device company, designs, manufactures, markets, and sells extremities and biologics products. The company offers joint implants and bone fixation devices for the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, foot, and ankle; and biologics products that are used for supporting the treatment of damaged or diseased bones, tendons, and soft tissues, as well as to stimulate bone growth. It also provides sports medicines and other products to mechanically repair tissue-to-tissue or tissue-to-bone injuries, as well as other ancillary products. The company primarily offers its products to orthopaedic, trauma, and podiatric surgeons. It markets and sells its products through direct sales representatives and independent sales agencies in the United States, as well as direct sales offices and distributors in approximately 50 countries. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Halyard Health Company Profile

Halyard Health, Inc. operates as a medical technology company that focuses on eliminating pain, speeding recovery, and preventing infection for healthcare providers and patients worldwide. Its Medical Devices segment provides a portfolio of products that focuses on respiratory and digestive health, along with surgical and interventional pain management. Its products include post-operative pain management solutions, minimally invasive interventional pain therapies, closed airway suction systems, and enteral feeding tubes. This segment sells its products under the ON-Q, COOLIEF, MICROCUFF, MIC-KEY, HOMEPUMP, CORTRAK, and other brand names. The company markets its products directly to hospitals and other healthcare providers, as well as through third-party distribution channels. Halyard Health, Inc. was incorporated in 2014 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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