Neurometrix (NASDAQ:NURO) vs. Palomar Medical Technologies (PMTI) Critical Analysis

Neurometrix (NASDAQ: NURO) and Palomar Medical Technologies (NASDAQ:PMTI) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Neurometrix has a beta of 0.21, meaning that its stock price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Palomar Medical Technologies has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Neurometrix and Palomar Medical Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Neurometrix -75.24% -233.56% -136.11%
Palomar Medical Technologies N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Neurometrix and Palomar Medical Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Neurometrix $17.09 million 0.58 -$12.85 million ($17.04) -0.08
Palomar Medical Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($0.27) -49.67

Palomar Medical Technologies has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Neurometrix. Palomar Medical Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Neurometrix, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.3% of Neurometrix shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of Neurometrix shares are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Neurometrix and Palomar Medical Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Neurometrix 0 0 1 0 3.00
Palomar Medical Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Neurometrix presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 117.39%. Given Neurometrix’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Neurometrix is more favorable than Palomar Medical Technologies.

About Neurometrix

NeuroMetrix, Inc. is a healthcare company combining bioelectrical and digital medicine to address chronic health conditions, including chronic pain, sleep disorders and diabetes. The Company is engaged in the sale of medical equipment, and consumables and accessories. It has two principal product lines: Wearable neuro-stimulation therapeutic devices and Point-of-care neuropathy diagnostic tests. Its products include ADVANCE NCS/EMG System (the ADVANCE System), Quell, SENSUS and DPNCheck. Quell is a wearable device for relief of chronic intractable pain, such as nerve pain due to diabetes and lower back problems. The SENSUS pain therapy device, the technological predecessor to Quell, is a prescription neuro-stimulation device based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for relief of chronic, intractable pain. DPNCheck is a quantitative nerve conduction test. ADVANCE System is a platform for the performance of traditional nerve conduction studies.

About Palomar Medical Technologies

Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (Palomar) is a researcher and developer of aesthetic light-based systems for hair removal and other cosmetic procedures, including both lasers and high powered lamps. The Company offers a range of products based on technologies that include, but are not limited to: hair removal; body sculpting, including laser-assisted liposuction; removal of vascular lesions, such as rosacea, spider veins, port wine stains and hemangiomas; wrinkle reduction; removal of leg veins; removal of benign pigmented lesions, such as age and sun spots, freckles and melasma; tattoo removal; acne treatment; skin resurfacing, pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) treatment; treatment of red pigmentation in hypertrophic and keloid scars; treatment of verrucae, skin tags and seborrheic keratosis; skin tightening through soft tissue coagulation; scars, and other skin treatments. In June 2013, Cynosure Inc announced the completion of its acquisition of Palomar Medical Technologies Inc.

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