Critical Analysis: Biolase (BIOL) & Straumann (SAUHF)

Biolase (NASDAQ: BIOL) and Straumann (OTCMKTS:SAUHF) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Biolase has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Straumann has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Biolase and Straumann’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Biolase $46.93 million 0.56 -$16.85 million N/A N/A
Straumann $1.13 billion 9.53 $277.36 million N/A N/A

Straumann has higher revenue and earnings than Biolase.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Biolase and Straumann, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Biolase 0 0 0 0 N/A
Straumann 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Biolase and Straumann’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Biolase -38.56% -66.34% -40.97%
Straumann N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

36.0% of Biolase shares are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Biolase shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Straumann beats Biolase on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Biolase Company Profile

BIOLASE, Inc., a medical device company, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine for patients and health care professionals in the United States and internationally. The company offers Waterlase all-tissue dental laser systems for cutting soft and hard tissues; and diode laser systems, which are used to perform soft tissue, pain therapy, and cosmetic procedures, including teeth whitening. Its dental laser systems allow dentists, periodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons, and other dental specialists to perform a range of dental procedures, such as cosmetic, restorative, and complex surgical applications. The company also markets, sells, and distributes dental imaging equipment, including three-dimensional (3D) CAD/CAM intra-oral scanners and digital dentistry software. Its dental imaging products comprise 3Shape Trios intraoral scanners, digital impression systems, and software for taking 3D scans, which are used to design crowns, study models, surgical guides for implant placement, and event orthodontic and athletic appliances. In addition, the company manufactures and sells consumable products and accessories for its laser systems, as well as markets flexible fibers and hand pieces. It sells its products primarily to dentists in general practice through its field sales force and distributor network. BIOLASE, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

Straumann Company Profile

Straumann Holding AG provides tooth replacement solutions worldwide. It researches, develops, manufactures, and supplies dental implants, instruments, CADCAM prosthetics, biomaterials, and digital solutions for use in tooth replacement and restoration or to prevent tooth loss. The company offers replacement solutions, including soft tissue level and bone level implants; SLActive surface for bone formation; Roxolid for use in dental implantology; and ceramic implants. It also provides prosthetic components and tools, as well as precision instruments, guided surgery tools, and handling components. In addition, the company offers digital solutions, including guided surgery, intra-oral scanning, and CADCAM; and oral tissue regeneration solutions comprising Emdogain, bone substitutes, membranes, soft tissue grafts, and fleeces. Further, it provides training and education services to its customers. The company offers its products to general dentists, specialists, and dental technicians/laboratories in approximately 100 countries through a network of distribution subsidiaries and partners. Straumann Holding AG was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.

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