Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) vs. Neurometrix (NURO) Head to Head Review

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Neurometrix (NASDAQ:NURO) and Becton Dickinson and (NYSE:BDX) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Neurometrix and Becton Dickinson and, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Neurometrix 0 0 1 0 3.00
Becton Dickinson and 0 3 10 0 2.77

Neurometrix presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 136.22%. Becton Dickinson and has a consensus target price of $253.38, suggesting a potential upside of 4.44%. Given Neurometrix’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Neurometrix is more favorable than Becton Dickinson and.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Neurometrix and Becton Dickinson and’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Neurometrix $17.09 million 0.55 -$12.85 million ($11.60) -0.11
Becton Dickinson and $12.09 billion 5.37 $1.10 billion $9.48 25.59

Becton Dickinson and has higher revenue and earnings than Neurometrix. Neurometrix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Becton Dickinson and, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Neurometrix and Becton Dickinson and’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Neurometrix -27.12% -77.46% -45.31%
Becton Dickinson and 4.73% 14.16% 5.39%

Volatility and Risk

Neurometrix has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Becton Dickinson and has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Becton Dickinson and pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Neurometrix does not pay a dividend. Becton Dickinson and pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Becton Dickinson and has raised its dividend for 46 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.0% of Neurometrix shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.5% of Becton Dickinson and shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Neurometrix shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Becton Dickinson and shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Becton Dickinson and beats Neurometrix on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Neurometrix

NeuroMetrix, Inc., a healthcare company, develops and markets products for the detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of peripheral nerve and spinal cord disorders. The company develops wearable neuro-stimulation therapeutic devices and point-of-care neuropathy diagnostic tests to address chronic health conditions, including chronic pain, sleep disorders, and diabetes. Its marketed products include Quell, a wearable device for relief of chronic intractable pain, such as nerve pain due to diabetes and lower back problems; DPNCheck, a test used to evaluate systemic neuropathies, such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy; ADVANCE system, a platform for the performance of traditional nerve conduction studies; and SENSUS, a pain therapy device based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for relief of chronic intractable pain. The company offers its products to consumers, retail merchandisers, direct response TV promoters, health care professionals, managed care organizations, endocrinologists, podiatrists, physicians, neurologists, and physical medicine and rehabilitation centers, as well as primary care, internal medicine, orthopedic, hand, and neurosurgeons. It operates in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, and internationally. The company has a strategic collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. NeuroMetrix, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

About Becton Dickinson and

Becton, Dickinson and Company develops, manufactures, and sells medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment, and diagnostic products worldwide. It operates in two segments, BD Medical and BD Life Sciences. The BD Medical segment offers syringes, pen needles, and other products for diabetes; needles, syringes, and intravenous catheters for medication delivery; prefilled IV flush syringes; regional anesthesia needles and trays; sharps disposal containers; closed-system transfer devices; skin antiseptic products; surgical and laparoscopic instrumentations; intravenous medication safety and infusion therapy delivery, and automated medication dispensing and supply management systems; medication inventory optimization and tracking systems; and prefillable drug delivery systems. The BD Life Sciences segment provides integrated systems for specimen collection; safety-engineered blood collection, automated blood culturing and tuberculosis culturing, and microorganism identification and drug susceptibility systems; molecular testing systems for infectious diseases and women's health; liquid-based cytology systems for cervical cancer screening; rapid diagnostic assays; microbiology laboratory automation and plated media products; fluorescence-activated cell sorters and analyzers; monoclonal antibodies and kits for performing cell analysis; reagent systems for life science research; molecular indexing and next-generation sequencing sample preparation for genomics research; clinical oncology, immunological, and transplantation diagnostic/monitoring reagents and analyzers; and cell culture media supplements for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The company markets its products through independent distribution channels and sales representatives to healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical industry, and general public. Becton, Dickinson and Company was founded in 1897 and is based in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

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