Head-To-Head Comparison: Natus Medical (BABY) and SpectraScience (SCIE)

Natus Medical (NASDAQ:BABY) and SpectraScience (OTCMKTS:SCIE) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Natus Medical and SpectraScience’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natus Medical -3.53% 11.34% 6.93%
SpectraScience N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Natus Medical has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SpectraScience has a beta of 2.98, meaning that its stock price is 198% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Natus Medical and SpectraScience, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natus Medical 0 1 2 0 2.67
SpectraScience 0 0 0 0 N/A

Natus Medical presently has a consensus price target of $42.50, suggesting a potential upside of 25.22%. Given Natus Medical’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Natus Medical is more favorable than SpectraScience.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.7% of Natus Medical shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of SpectraScience shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of Natus Medical shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of SpectraScience shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Natus Medical and SpectraScience’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Natus Medical $500.97 million 2.29 -$20.29 million $1.45 23.41
SpectraScience N/A N/A -$4.46 million N/A N/A

SpectraScience has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Natus Medical.

Summary

Natus Medical beats SpectraScience on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Natus Medical

Natus Medical Incorporated provides newborn care, neurology, and hearing and balance assessment healthcare products and services worldwide. It offers products and services used for the screening, diagnosis, detection, treatment, monitoring, and tracking of common medical ailments in newborn care, hearing impairment, neurological dysfunction, epilepsy, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and balance and mobility disorders. The company provides computerized neurodiagnostic systems for audiology, neurology, polysomnography, and neonatology; and software systems for managing and tracking disorders and diseases for public health laboratories. It offers diagnostic electroencephalography (EEG), ambulatory EEG, and long term monitoring, intensive care unit monitoring, electromyography, sleep analysis or polysomnography, intra-operative monitoring, and diagnostic and monitoring transcranial doppler ultrasound technology systems. The company also provides hearing screening products to screen the hearing; diagnostic hearing assessment products to screen for or diagnose hearing loss, or to identify abnormalities affecting the peripheral and central auditory nervous systems; balance and mobility systems to diagnose and assist in treating balance disorders; and thermoregulation products to control the incubators and warmers. In addition, it offers jaundice management products to treat jaundice; brain injury products to diagnose the severity of brain injury; NICVIEW, a live streaming video for families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); and essential products used in the everyday operation of NICU. Further, the company provides computer-based audiological, otoneurologic, and vestibular instrumentation and sound rooms to hearing and balance care professionals. It serves hospitals, clinics, laboratories, physicians, nurses, audiologists, and governmental agencies. Natus Medical Incorporated was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

About SpectraScience

SpectraScience, Inc. develops and markets a technology platform to instantly determine whether a tissue is normal, pre-cancerous, or cancerous without the need for a physical biopsy in the United States, Europe, and internationally. It offers WavSTAT3 optical biopsy system to determine whether a colon tissue is normal, pre-cancerous, or cancerous without physically removing tissue from the body; and WavSTAT4 optical biopsy system, a colon diagnostic product that operates by using UV laser light to optically illuminate and analyze tissue, enabling the physician to make an instant diagnosis during endoscopy when screening for cancer. The company also sells mobile consoles and disposable forceps. In addition, it engages in developing an esophageal diagnosis application for the detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous tissues in various tissues of the body. The company was formerly known as GV Medical, Inc. and changed its name to SpectraScience, Inc. in October 1992. SpectraScience, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is based in San Diego, California.

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