Atrion (NASDAQ:ATRI) and Irhythm Technologies (NASDAQ:IRTC) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Atrion and Irhythm Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atrion $155.07 million 7.53 $36.76 million N/A N/A
Irhythm Technologies $214.55 million 16.53 -$54.57 million ($2.16) -60.73

Atrion has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Irhythm Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Atrion and Irhythm Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atrion 23.06% 15.57% 14.09%
Irhythm Technologies -24.34% -51.84% -20.56%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.8% of Atrion shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.4% of Atrion shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Irhythm Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Atrion has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Irhythm Technologies has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Atrion and Irhythm Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atrion 0 0 0 0 N/A
Irhythm Technologies 0 1 7 0 2.88

Irhythm Technologies has a consensus price target of $130.67, indicating a potential downside of 0.39%. Given Irhythm Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Irhythm Technologies is more favorable than Atrion.

Summary

Atrion beats Irhythm Technologies on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Atrion Company Profile

Atrion Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells products for fluid delivery, cardiovascular, and ophthalmology applications worldwide. Its fluid delivery products include valves that fill, hold, and release controlled amounts of fluids or gasses for use in various intubation, intravenous, catheter, and other applications in the anesthesia and oncology fields, as well as promote infection control in hospital and home healthcare environments. The company's cardiovascular products comprise MPS2 Myocardial Protection System that delivers fluids and medications, mixes critical drugs, and controls temperature, pressure, and other variables; cardiac surgery vacuum relief valves; silicone vessel loops for retracting and occluding vessels; and inflation devices for balloon catheter dilation, stent deployment, and fluid dispensing, as well as products for use in heart bypass surgery. Its ophthalmic products include specialized medical devices that disinfect contact lenses; and a line of balloon catheters, which are used for the treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction in children and adults. The company also manufactures instrumentation and associated disposables that measures the activated clotting time of blood; and a line of products designed for safe needle and scalpel blade containment. In addition, it manufactures inflation systems and valves used in marine and aviation safety products; components used in inflatable survival products and structures; one-way and two-way pressure relief valves that protect sensitive electronics; and other products during transport in other medical and non-medical applications. The company sells its products to physicians, hospitals, clinics, and other treatment centers; and other equipment manufacturers through direct sales personnel, independent sales representatives, and distributors. Atrion Corporation was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Allen, Texas.

Irhythm Technologies Company Profile

iRhythm Technologies, Inc., a digital healthcare company, provides ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring products for patients at risk for arrhythmias in the United States. The company offers Zio service, an ambulatory cardiac monitoring solution that combines a wire-free, patch-based, and wearable biosensor with a cloud-based data analytic platform to help physicians to monitor patients and diagnose arrhythmias. Its Zio XT monitor, a single-use, wire-free, and wearable patch-based biosensor, records patient's heartbeats and ECG data. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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