Glaukos (NYSE: GKOS) and Amedica (NASDAQ:AMDA) are both small-cap healthcare companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Glaukos and Amedica’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Glaukos has higher revenue and earnings than Amedica. Glaukos is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amedica, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
99.2% of Glaukos shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.5% of Amedica shares are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of Glaukos shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Amedica shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Glaukos and Amedica, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Glaukos currently has a consensus price target of $45.50, indicating a potential upside of 59.43%. Amedica has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 1,634.10%. Given Amedica’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Amedica is more favorable than Glaukos.
This table compares Glaukos and Amedica’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Glaukos beats Amedica on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Glaukos Corporation is an ophthalmic medical technology company. The Company focuses on the development and commercialization of products and procedures for the treatment of glaucoma. It offers iStent, a micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device. The iStent is a micro-bypass stent inserted through the small corneal incision made during cataract surgery and placed into Schlemm’s canal, a circular channel in the eye that collects aqueous humor and delivers it back into the bloodstream. It is developing three additional pipeline products: the iStent Inject, the iStent Supra and iDose. The iStent Inject includes two stents pre-loaded in an auto-injection inserter. The iStent Supra is designed to access an alternative drainage space within the eye. iDose is a drug delivery system that is designed to be implanted in the eye to continuously deliver therapeutic levels of medication for extended periods of time to lower intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients.
Amedica Corporation is a commercial biomaterial company. The Company is a vertically integrated silicon nitride orthopedic medical device manufacturer. It is focused on using its silicon nitride ceramic technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell a range of medical devices. It is also engaged in developing wear- and corrosion-resistant implant components for hip and knee arthroplasty. The Company markets its Valeo family of silicon nitride interbody spinal fusion devices in the United States, Europe and Brazil for use in the cervical and thoracolumbar areas of the spine. In addition to its silicon nitride-based spinal fusion products, it markets a line of non-silicon nitride spinal surgery products, which allows the Company to provide surgeons and hospitals with a solution for spinal procedures. Its Valeo interbody spinal fusion devices include Anterior Lumbar, Posterior Lumbar, Oblique Lumbar, Transforaminal Lumbar, Lateral Lumbar, Cervical and Corpectomy.
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