Analyzing Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI) and Viveve Medical (NASDAQ:VIVE)

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Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI) and Viveve Medical (NASDAQ:VIVE) are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Masimo and Viveve Medical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Masimo 20.83% 17.32% 14.63%
Viveve Medical -429.71% -2,979.48% -123.23%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Masimo and Viveve Medical, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Masimo 0 1 4 0 2.80
Viveve Medical 1 5 0 0 1.83

Masimo currently has a consensus price target of $160.50, indicating a potential upside of 3.50%. Viveve Medical has a consensus price target of $2.24, indicating a potential upside of 165.37%. Given Viveve Medical’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Viveve Medical is more favorable than Masimo.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Masimo and Viveve Medical’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Masimo $858.29 million 9.64 $193.54 million $3.03 51.18
Viveve Medical $18.52 million 0.07 -$49.32 million ($161.00) -0.01

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.7% of Masimo shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.0% of Viveve Medical shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.5% of Masimo shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of Viveve Medical shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Masimo has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Viveve Medical has a beta of 0.14, suggesting that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Masimo beats Viveve Medical on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Masimo Company Profile

Masimo Corporation, a medical technology company, develops, manufactures, and markets noninvasive monitoring technologies worldwide. The company offers Masimo Signal Extraction Technology (SET) pulse oximetry with measure-through motion and low perfusion pulse oximetry monitoring to address the primary limitations of conventional pulse oximetry. It also provides Masimo rainbow SET platform that includes rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry products that noninvasively monitor hemoglobin species, including oxygen saturation, pulse rate, perfusion index, pleth variability index, and respiration rate from the pleth; noninvasively monitor hemoglobin concentration, and carboxyhemoglobin and methemoglobin; monitor arterial oxygen saturation and acoustic respiration rate; and calculates oxygen content and oxygen reserve index. In addition, the company offers SedLine brain function monitoring technology to measure the brain's electrical activity by detecting EEG signals; capnography and gas monitoring products comprising external plug-in-and-measure capnography and gas analyzers, integrated modules, and handheld capnograph and capnometer devices; and O3 regional oximetry for tissue oxygen saturation measurement. Further, it provides Patient SafetyNet, a surveillance, remote monitoring, and clinician notification solution; MyView, a wireless presence-detection system; and connectivity devices. Additionally, the company offers Trace, a patient data visualization and reporting software that monitors Masimo Root and Radical-7. The company provides its products directly, as well as through distributors and original equipment manufacturers partners to hospitals, emergency medical service providers, physician offices, long term care facilities, veterinarians and consumers. Masimo Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

Viveve Medical Company Profile

Viveve Medical, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices for the non-invasive treatment of various post-partum conditions. The company offers Viveve System, a radio frequency generator, a reusable hand piece, and single-use treatment tip, as well as other consumable components. It markets its products through sales employees and distributors in the United States, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Canada. Viveve Medical, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

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