Sientra (NASDAQ: SIEN) and Lakeland Industries (NASDAQ:LAKE) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
57.3% of Sientra shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.6% of Lakeland Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 31.0% of Sientra shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of Lakeland Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of recent ratings for Sientra and Lakeland Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Sientra presently has a consensus price target of $17.17, indicating a potential downside of 9.84%. Lakeland Industries has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.43%. Given Lakeland Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lakeland Industries is more favorable than Sientra.
Volatility & Risk
Sientra has a beta of -0.95, indicating that its stock price is 195% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lakeland Industries has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Sientra and Lakeland Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Sientra and Lakeland Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Lakeland Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Sientra. Sientra is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lakeland Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Lakeland Industries beats Sientra on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Sientra Company Profile
Sientra, Inc., a medical aesthetics company, develops and sells medical aesthetics products to plastic surgeons in the United States. It operates through two segments, Breast Products and miraDry. The company offers silicone gel breast implants for use in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction procedures; breast tissue expanders; and scar management products under the Sientra, AlloX2, Dermaspan, Softspan, and BIOCORNEUM brand names. It also provides body contouring products; facial and nasal implants; saline-filled breast implant sizers to identify the correct style and size of implants; and non-breast tissue expanders for expanding tissue and skin surface area for burn care and other reconstructive use. The company was formerly known as Juliet Medical, Inc. and changed its name to Sientra, Inc. in April 2007. Sientra, Inc. was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California.
Lakeland Industries Company Profile
Lakeland Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells a range of safety garments and accessories for the industrial and public protective clothing market in the United States and internationally. The company offers limited use/disposable protective clothing, such as coveralls, laboratory coats, shirts, pants, hoods, aprons, sleeves, arm guards, caps, and smocks; high-end chemical protective suits to provide protection from highly concentrated, and hazardous chemical and biological toxins; and fire fighting and heat protective apparel, which protects against fire, burns, and excessive heat. It also provides reusable woven garments, including electrostatic dissipative apparel for electric and gas utilities; flame resistant Nomex/FR and FR cotton coveralls/pants/jackets used in petrochemical and refining operations; and cotton and polycotton coveralls, lab coats, pants, and shirts. In addition, the company provides high visibility clothing comprising reflective apparel, including vests, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, coats, raingear, jumpsuits, hats, and gloves, which are primarily used in rescue operations; and gloves and sleeves protective products that are used in the automotive, glass, and metal fabrication industries. The company sells its products to North American safety and mill supply distributors through a customer service group, regional sales managers, and independent sales representatives. Its products are used by industrial customers, such as integrated oil, chemical/petrochemical, utilities, automobile, steel, glass, construction, smelting, munition plants, janitorial, pharmaceutical, mortuaries, and high technology electronics manufacturers, as well as scientific and medical laboratories; and federal, state, and local governmental agencies and departments. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York.
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