Utah Medical Products (NYSE: CMD) and Cantel Medical (NYSE:CMD) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and profitability.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Utah Medical Products and Cantel Medical’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Utah Medical Products||$41.41 million||8.50||$8.50 million||N/A||N/A|
|Cantel Medical||$770.16 million||5.23||$71.37 million||$2.08||46.45|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
69.3% of Utah Medical Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.7% of Cantel Medical shares are held by institutional investors. 8.8% of Utah Medical Products shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of Cantel Medical shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Utah Medical Products and Cantel Medical, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Utah Medical Products||0||0||0||0||N/A|
This table compares Utah Medical Products and Cantel Medical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Utah Medical Products||22.52%||19.13%||16.48%|
Risk & Volatility
Utah Medical Products has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cantel Medical has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Utah Medical Products pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Cantel Medical pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Cantel Medical pays out 8.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Utah Medical Products has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Utah Medical Products is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Utah Medical Products beats Cantel Medical on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Utah Medical Products
Utah Medical Products, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes medical devices for the healthcare industry worldwide. The company offers fetal monitoring accessories, vacuum-assisted delivery systems, and other labor and delivery tools; DISPOSA-HOOD, an infant respiratory hood; and DELTRAN PLUS, a blood pressure monitoring system. It also provides umbilical vessel catheters; DIALY-NATE, a disposable peritoneal dialysis set; PALA-NATE, a silicone oral protection device; URI-CATH, a urinary drainage system; MYELO-NATE, a lumbar sampling kit; and HEMO-NATE, a disposable filter. In addition, the company offers LETZ system to excise cervical intraepithelial neoplasia; FINESSE+ generators; loop, ball, and needle electrodes; FILTRESSE evacuators; other specialty electrodes and UTMD supplies, and gynecologic tools; Femcare trocars and cannulae; Femcare laparoscopic instruments and accessories; and EPITOME, an electrosurgical scalpel. Further, it provides FILSHIE CLIP system, a female surgical contraception; PATHFINDER PLUS, an endoscopic irrigation device; suprapubic catheterization; LIBERTY system to treat and control urinary incontinence in women; ENDOCURETTE, a curette for uterine endometrial tissue sampling; TVUS/HSG-Cath to assess abnormal or dysfunctional uterine bleeding and other suspected abnormalities of the uterus; and LUMIN to manipulate the uterus in laparoscopic procedures. Additionally, the company offers DELTRAN, a disposable pressure transducer; and pressure monitoring accessories, components, and other molded parts. It markets its products to neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery department, women's health center in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physician's offices. The company sells its products through customer service and sales force, independent consultants, and independent manufacturer representatives. Utah Medical Products, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Midvale, Utah.
About Cantel Medical
Cantel Medical Corp. provides infection prevention products and services for the healthcare market worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Endoscopy, Water Purification and Filtration, Healthcare Disposables, and Dialysis. The Endoscopy segment offers automated endoscope reprocessing systems; detergents; leak testing and manual cleaning products; storage cabinets; transport systems; mobile medical carts; endoscope process tracking products; other consumables, accessories, and supplies for use in disinfect rigid and flexible endoscopes, and other instrumentation; cleaning and disinfecting reusable components used in gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures; and technical maintenance services. The Water Purification and Filtration segment provides water purification systems; bicarbonate systems; hollow fiber filters; filtration and separation, liquid disinfectants and cold sterilization, and dry fog products; and room temperature sterilizers for the dialysis and specific healthcare applications, research laboratories and pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and commercial industrial customers. The Healthcare Disposables segment offers biological and chemical integrators, sterilization pouches, towels, bibs, tray liners and sponges, nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation equipment and related single-use disposable nasal masks, face masks, shields, hand sanitizers, germicidal wipes, surface disinfectants, saliva ejectors, evacuator tips and plastic cups, and prophy angles and pastes, as well as waterline treatment products for maintaining safe dental unit waterlines. The Dialysis segment provides medical device reprocessing systems, sterilants/disinfectants, dialysate concentrates, and other supplies for renal dialysis. The company sells its products through its direct distribution network in the United States; and directly or under third-party distribution agreements internationally. The company was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Little Falls, New Jersey.
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