Natus Medical (NASDAQ: NTUS) is one of 50 public companies in the “Electromedical equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Natus Medical to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Natus Medical and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natus Medical 0 0 0 0 N/A
Natus Medical Competitors 269 736 1362 72 2.51

As a group, “Electromedical equipment” companies have a potential upside of 23.06%. Given Natus Medical’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Natus Medical has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Natus Medical and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natus Medical -7.38% 10.73% 6.61%
Natus Medical Competitors -224.87% -174.62% -17.14%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Natus Medical and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Natus Medical $530.89 million -$22.93 million 20.18
Natus Medical Competitors $1.16 billion $123.28 million 26.58

Natus Medical’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Natus Medical. Natus Medical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Natus Medical has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natus Medical’s competitors have a beta of 1.55, suggesting that their average share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.9% of Natus Medical shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.0% of shares of all “Electromedical equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Natus Medical shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of shares of all “Electromedical equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Natus Medical competitors beat Natus Medical on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

About Natus Medical

Natus Medical Incorporated provides neurology, newborn care, and hearing and balance assessment healthcare products and services worldwide. It offers products and services used for the screening, diagnosis, detection, treatment, monitoring, and tracking of common medical ailments in newborn care, hearing impairment, neurological dysfunction and neurosurgical treatments, epilepsy, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and balance and mobility disorders. The company also provides computerized neurodiagnostic systems for audiology, neurology, polysomnography, and neonatology; and software systems for managing and tracking disorders and diseases for public health laboratories. In addition, it offers electroencephalography, long term monitoring, intensive care unit monitoring, electromyography, sleep analysis or polysomnography, and intra-operative monitoring solutions. Further, the company provides hearing screening products; diagnostic hearing assessment products to screen for/or diagnose hearing loss, or to identify abnormalities affecting the peripheral and central auditory nervous systems; balance and mobility systems to diagnose and assist in treating balance disorders; and thermoregulation products to control the incubators and warmers. Additionally, it offers jaundice management products; brain injury products; NICVIEW, a live streaming video for families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); essential products used in the everyday operation of NICU; and eye imaging systems and products used in the advanced science and practice of neonatal and pediatric retinal imaging. The company also provides computer-based audiological, otoneurologic, and vestibular instrumentation and sound rooms to hearing and balance care professionals. It serves hospitals, clinics, laboratories, physicians, nurses, audiologists, and governmental agencies. Natus Medical Incorporated was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

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