Utah Medical Products (NASDAQ:UTMD) vs. Its Competitors Critical Review

Utah Medical Products (NASDAQ: UTMD) is one of 84 public companies in the “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Utah Medical Products to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Utah Medical Products and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Utah Medical Products 34.31% 18.83% 16.85%
Utah Medical Products Competitors -127.06% -36.65% -10.29%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Utah Medical Products and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Utah Medical Products $39.60 million $20.09 million 20.39
Utah Medical Products Competitors $827.23 million $159.50 million 40.89

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.8% of Utah Medical Products shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.2% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.1% of Utah Medical Products shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are owned 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.

Dividends

Utah Medical Products pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Utah Medical Products pays out 28.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.8% and pay out 37.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Utah Medical Products is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Utah Medical Products and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Utah Medical Products 0 0 0 0 N/A
Utah Medical Products Competitors 179 1144 2499 89 2.64

As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 8.81%. Given Utah Medical Products’ peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Utah Medical Products has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Utah Medical Products has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Utah Medical Products’ peers have a beta of 1.06, suggesting that their average share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About Utah Medical Products

Utah Medical Products, Inc. (UTMD) is engaged in the business of producing medical devices that are disposable and for hospital use. The Company’s product categories include labor and delivery/obstetrics, including fetal monitoring accessories, Vacuum-Assisted Delivery Systems (VAD), and other labor and delivery tools; neonatal intensive care, including DISPOSA-HOOD, DELTRAN PLUS and GESCO; gynecology/urology/electrosurgery, including LETZ System, FINESSE+ Generator, EPITOME, PATHFINDER PLUS, HOLMIUM LASER FIBRES, LIBERTY System, ENDOCURETTE, TVUS/HSG-Cath and LUMIN, and blood pressure monitoring, including DELTRAN Disposable Pressure Transducer (DPT), and pressure monitoring accessories, components and other molded parts. UTMD markets a range of medical devices used in critical care areas, especially the neonatal intensive care unit, the labor and delivery department and the women’s health center in hospitals, as well as products sold to outpatient clinics and physician’s offices.

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