Critical Survey: Inogen (INGN) & AtriCure (ATRC)

Inogen (NASDAQ: INGN) and AtriCure (NASDAQ:ATRC) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Inogen and AtriCure’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inogen $202.83 million 12.17 $20.51 million $1.23 96.19
AtriCure $155.11 million 3.98 -$33.33 million ($1.02) -17.55

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

Risk and Volatility

Inogen has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AtriCure has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Inogen and AtriCure’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inogen 11.36% 13.37% 11.16%
AtriCure -19.40% -20.28% -12.20%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Inogen and AtriCure, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inogen 0 3 2 1 2.67
AtriCure 0 1 6 0 2.86

Inogen presently has a consensus target price of $98.50, suggesting a potential downside of 16.74%. AtriCure has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential upside of 39.66%. Given AtriCure’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AtriCure is more favorable than Inogen.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.2% of AtriCure shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Inogen shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of AtriCure shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Inogen beats AtriCure on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Inogen

Inogen, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets portable oxygen concentrators used to deliver supplemental long-term oxygen therapy to patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions. The Company’s Inogen One systems concentrate the air around the patient to offer a single source of supplemental oxygen anytime, anywhere with a portable device. Its three portable product offerings, the Inogen One G4, Inogen One G3 and Inogen One G2, at approximately 2.8, 4.8 and 7.0 pounds with a single battery, respectively. Its Inogen One G4, Inogen One G3 and Inogen One G2 are sub-3, sub-5 and sub-10 pound portable oxygen concentrators, respectively. All of its Inogen One systems are equipped with Intelligent Delivery Technology. The Inogen At Home stationary oxygen concentrator allows it to access the non-ambulatory oxygen patient market and serves as a backup to its Inogen One system for ambulatory patients on its rental service.

About AtriCure

AtriCure, Inc. is an atrial fibrillation (Afib) solutions company. The Company develops, manufactures, and sells devices designed primarily for the surgical ablation of cardiac tissue and systems designed for the exclusion of the left atrial appendage. It has various product lines for the ablation of cardiac tissue, including its Isolator Synergy Ablation System, for the treatment of persistent and longstanding persistent forms of Afib in patients undergoing certain open concomitant procedures. It has two primary product lines for cardiac tissue ablation, which include Radio Frequency Ablation Devices and cryoICE Cryoablation System, and a product line for left atrial appendage exclusion. The Company also sells Lumitip dissectors and the Estech line of reusable cardiac surgery (valve) instruments. Its cryoICE cryosurgery product line offers various cryoablation devices. Its AtriClip Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion System is designed to occlude the heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA).

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