Financial Survey: Nanosphere (NSPH) vs. The Competition

Nanosphere (NASDAQ: NSPH) is one of 80 public companies in the “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Nanosphere to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Nanosphere and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nanosphere 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nanosphere Competitors 292 1959 3475 111 2.58

As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies have a potential downside of 3.74%. Given Nanosphere’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nanosphere has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nanosphere and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Nanosphere N/A N/A -0.31
Nanosphere Competitors $2.14 billion $234.27 million -92.51

Nanosphere’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Nanosphere. Nanosphere is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.8% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.4% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Nanosphere and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nanosphere -99.68% -232.37% -65.52%
Nanosphere Competitors -317.06% -23.95% -10.17%

Summary

Nanosphere peers beat Nanosphere on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

Nanosphere Company Profile

Nanosphere, Inc. is engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing an advanced molecular diagnostics platform, the Verigene System, which enables genomic and protein testing on a single platform. The Verigene System includes a molecular diagnostics workstation that is a single use consumable for testing. The Verigene System consists of a microfluidics processor, a touchscreen reader and disposable test cartridges. The Company is focused on the infectious disease diagnostics market. Its Infectious Disease Assays include Respiratory Virus with Sub-Typing (RV+); Respiratory Pathogens/Expanded Panel (RP Flex); Bloodstream Infection (BSI) Panels, which include Blood Culture – Gram Positive (BC-GP), Blood Culture – Gram Negative (BC-GN) and Blood Culture – Yeast (BC-Y); C. difficile (CDF), and Enteric Panel (EP). Its Human Pharmacogenetic Assays include Hypercoagulation (FV, FII, MTHFR Panel) and CYP2C19 Genetic Variance. It is focused on the infectious disease diagnostics market.

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