Financial Survey: STAAR Surgical (STAA) vs. The Competition

STAAR Surgical (NASDAQ: STAA) is one of 84 public companies in the “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare STAAR Surgical to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Risk & Volatility

STAAR Surgical has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, STAAR Surgical’s peers have a beta of 1.06, indicating that their average share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares STAAR Surgical and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
STAAR Surgical $84.48 million -$672,999.00 -120.91
STAAR Surgical Competitors $827.23 million $159.49 million 36.42

STAAR Surgical’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than STAAR Surgical. STAAR Surgical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for STAAR Surgical and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
STAAR Surgical 0 0 2 0 3.00
STAAR Surgical Competitors 168 1119 2456 89 2.64

STAAR Surgical currently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.26%. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 9.34%. Given STAAR Surgical’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe STAAR Surgical has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares STAAR Surgical and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
STAAR Surgical -6.06% -8.69% -5.03%
STAAR Surgical Competitors -127.09% -36.26% -10.19%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.5% of STAAR Surgical shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.1% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of STAAR Surgical shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.9% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

STAAR Surgical beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

STAAR Surgical Company Profile

STAAR Surgical Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells implantable lenses for the eye and delivery systems used to deliver the lenses into the eye. It operates in the ophthalmic surgical market segment. Its principal products are intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery and implantable collamer lenses used in refractive surgery. It makes lenses used across the world in corrective or refractive surgery, and makes lenses for use in surgery that treats cataracts. Its refractive surgery corrects the types of visual disorders that glasses or contact lenses have treated (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia). Its refractive surgery corrects the types of visual disorders that glasses or contact lenses have treated (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia). As of December 30, 2016, it sold its products in more than 60 countries, with direct distribution in the United States, Canada, Japan and Spain, and independent distribution in the remainder of the world.

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