Uroplasty (NYSE: UPI) and Obalon Therptcs (NASDAQ:OBLN) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
45.0% of Obalon Therptcs shares are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of Obalon Therptcs shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Uroplasty and Obalon Therptcs’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Obalon Therptcs||$4.98 million||29.12||-$27.12 million||($6.90)||-1.25|
Uroplasty has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Obalon Therptcs.
This table compares Uroplasty and Obalon Therptcs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Uroplasty and Obalon Therptcs, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Obalon Therptcs has a consensus price target of $15.25, suggesting a potential upside of 76.91%. Given Obalon Therptcs’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Obalon Therptcs is more favorable than Uroplasty.
Obalon Therptcs beats Uroplasty on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
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About Obalon Therptcs
Obalon Therapeutics, Inc. is a United States-based commercial-stage medical device company focused on developing and commercializing medical devices to treat obese and overweight people by facilitating weight loss. The Company’s product, Obalon balloon system, is a swallowable, gas-filled intragastric balloon designed to provide weight loss in obese patients. The Obalon balloon system is intended to be used as an adjunct to a moderate intensity diet and behavior modification program. All balloons must be removed six months after the first balloon is placed. The Obalon balloon system intends to provide patients and physicians with a reversible and repeatable weight loss solution in an outpatient setting, without altering patient anatomy or requiring surgery. The Company has received Premarket approval (PMA) for its Obalon balloon system based on the results of its United States pivotal clinical trial, referred to as the SMART trial.
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