Align Technology (NASDAQ: ALGN) and Atrion (NASDAQ:ATRI) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and risk.
This table compares Align Technology and Atrion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a summary of recent ratings for Align Technology and Atrion, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Align Technology presently has a consensus target price of $237.64, indicating a potential downside of 10.25%. Given Align Technology’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Align Technology is more favorable than Atrion.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Align Technology and Atrion’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Align Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Atrion. Atrion is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Align Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
83.0% of Align Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.0% of Atrion shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Align Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.1% of Atrion shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Atrion pays an annual dividend of $4.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Align Technology does not pay a dividend. Atrion pays out 26.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Atrion has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.
Volatility and Risk
Align Technology has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atrion has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Align Technology beats Atrion on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Align Technology Company Profile
Align Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets a system of clear aligner therapy, intra-oral scanners and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) digital services used in dentistry, orthodontics and dental records storage. The Company operates through two segments: Clear Aligner segment and Scanner and Services (Scanner) segment. The Clear Aligner segment consists of its Invisalign System, which includes Invisalign Full, Teen and Assist (Comprehensive Products), Express/Lite (Non-Comprehensive Products) and Vivera Retainers, along with its training and ancillary products for treating malocclusion (Non-Case). The Scanner segment consists of intra-oral scanning systems and other services available with the intra-oral scanners that provide digital alternatives to the traditional cast models. The Scanner segment includes its iTero scanner and OrthoCAD services.
Atrion Company Profile
Atrion Corporation (Atrion) is engaged in developing and manufacturing products, primarily for medical applications. The Company’s medical products range from fluid delivery devices to ophthalmic and cardiovascular products. Its fluid delivery products include valves that promote infection control and needle safety. It has developed a range of valves designed to fill, hold and release controlled amounts of fluids or gasses on demand for use in various intubation, intravenous, catheter and other applications in areas, such as anesthesia and oncology. Its cardiovascular product, MPS2 Myocardial Protection System (MPS2), is the system used in open-heart surgery that delivers fluids and medications, mixes critical drugs and controls temperature, pressure and other variables. The Company manufactures specialized medical devices that disinfect contact lenses. Its other medical and non-medical product lines consist of instrumentation and associated disposables.
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