Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) and Medizone International (OTCMKTS:MZEI) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Nu Skin Enterprises and Medizone International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nu Skin Enterprises $2.28 billion 1.59 $129.43 million $3.23 20.13
Medizone International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Nu Skin Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than Medizone International.

Dividends

Nu Skin Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $1.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Medizone International does not pay a dividend. Nu Skin Enterprises pays out 45.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nu Skin Enterprises has increased its dividend for 17 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Nu Skin Enterprises and Medizone International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nu Skin Enterprises 5.74% 25.67% 11.66%
Medizone International N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.5% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Medizone International shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.1% of Medizone International 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 Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Nu Skin Enterprises and Medizone International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nu Skin Enterprises 0 2 4 0 2.67
Medizone International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nu Skin Enterprises presently has a consensus price target of $84.83, indicating a potential upside of 30.47%. Given Nu Skin Enterprises’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Nu Skin Enterprises is more favorable than Medizone International.

Summary

Nu Skin Enterprises beats Medizone International on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nu Skin Enterprises Company Profile

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex category brands worldwide. It provides skin care systems and targeted treatment products, including ageLOC Me customized skin care systems, ageLOC Spa systems, and ageLOC LumiSpa skin treatment and cleansing devices; and Epoch products, as well as a range of other cosmetic, personal care, and hair care products. The company also offers ageLOC Youth nutritional supplements, ageLOC TR90 weight management and body shaping systems, and LifePak nutritional supplements, as well as other anti-aging nutritional solutions and weight management products. In addition, it is involved in the research and product development of skin care products and nutritional supplements. Further, the company operates walk-in centers and pick-up locations; and retail stores and service centers in Mainland China. The company sells its products directly, as well as through distributors and Website. Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Provo, Utah.

Medizone International Company Profile

Medizone International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells disinfection systems in the United States and internationally. It offers AsepticSure system, a disinfection system that is used in medical facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, outpatient surgical centers, and long-term care facilities; food industry; bio-safety labs; athletic facilities, such as gyms and locker rooms, as well as sports equipment; and mortuaries, bio-defense and response to pandemics, building remediation, tissue labs, sporting venues, and hotels, as well as clean rooms to disinfect hard and non-porous surfaces. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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