Critical Comparison: CareFusion (NYSE:CFN) versus OraSure Technologies (OSUR)

CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) and OraSure Technologies (NASDAQ:OSUR) are both medical equipment, supplies & distribution – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CareFusion and OraSure Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CareFusion N/A N/A N/A $2.35 25.51
OraSure Technologies $167.06 million 6.70 $30.94 million $0.51 35.98

OraSure Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than CareFusion. CareFusion is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than OraSure Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares CareFusion and OraSure Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CareFusion 16.18% 12.80% 7.62%
OraSure Technologies 18.52% 13.09% 11.58%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.7% of OraSure Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of OraSure Technologies shares are held by 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for CareFusion and OraSure Technologies, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CareFusion 0 0 0 0 N/A
OraSure Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67

OraSure Technologies has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.89%. Given OraSure Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe OraSure Technologies is more favorable than CareFusion.


OraSure Technologies beats CareFusion on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

CareFusion Company Profile

CareFusion Corporation is a global medical technology company. The Company operates in two business segments: Medical Systems and Procedural Solutions. The Company’s primary product brands include: Alaris intravenous (IV) infusion systems; Pyxis and Rowa automated medication dispensing and supply management systems; AVEA, Vela and LTV Series respiratory ventilators; ChloraPrep skin antiseptic products; MaxGuard, MaxPlus, MaxZero, SmartSite and Texium needle-free IV infusion valves, administration sets and accessories; V. Mueller and Snowden-Pencer open surgical and laparoscopic instrumentation; PleurX, Achieve and Temno interventional specialty products; AirLife disposable ventilator circuits and oxygen masks used for providing respiratory therapy; Vital Signs single-use consumables for respiratory care and anesthesiology; Jaeger and SensorMedics cardiopulmonary diagnostic equipment, and MedMined data mining surveillance software and analytics.

OraSure Technologies Company Profile

OraSure Technologies, Inc. (OraSure) is involved in the development, manufacture, marketing and sale of oral fluid diagnostic products and specimen collection devices using its technologies, as well as other diagnostic products, including immunoassays and other in vitro diagnostic tests that are used on other specimen types. The Company operates in two segments: OSUR and DNAG. OSUR consists of the development, manufacture and sale of diagnostic products, specimen collection devices, and medical devices. DNAG or molecular collection systems business consists primarily of the development, manufacture and sale of oral fluid collection devices that are used to collect, stabilize, and store samples of genetic material for molecular testing. It also manufactures and sells medical devices used for the removal of benign skin lesions by cryosurgery or freezing. It sells over-the-counter (OTC) cryosurgical products to consumers in North America, Europe, Central and South America, and Australia.

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