Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) and Zeltiq Aesthetics (NASDAQ:ZLTQ) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Thermo Fisher Scientific and Zeltiq Aesthetics, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Thermo Fisher Scientific||0||1||14||0||2.93|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Thermo Fisher Scientific and Zeltiq Aesthetics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Thermo Fisher Scientific||$18.27 billion||4.58||$2.02 billion||$5.89||35.43|
Thermo Fisher Scientific has higher revenue and earnings than Zeltiq Aesthetics. Zeltiq Aesthetics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Thermo Fisher Scientific, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Thermo Fisher Scientific and Zeltiq Aesthetics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Thermo Fisher Scientific||10.44%||9.09%||4.18%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
86.2% of Thermo Fisher Scientific shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Thermo Fisher Scientific shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of Zeltiq Aesthetics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Thermo Fisher Scientific pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Zeltiq Aesthetics does not pay a dividend. Thermo Fisher Scientific pays out 10.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Thermo Fisher Scientific beats Zeltiq Aesthetics on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Company Profile
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. develops, manufactures and sells a range of products. The Company provides analytical instruments, equipment, reagents and consumables, software and services for research, manufacturing, analysis, discovery and diagnostics. It operates through four segments: Life Sciences Solutions, Analytical Instruments, Specialty Diagnostics, and Laboratory Products and Services. The Life Sciences Solutions segment provides a portfolio of reagents, instruments and consumables. The Analytical Instruments segment provides a range of instruments, consumables, software and services. The Specialty Diagnostics segment offers a range of diagnostic test kits, reagents, culture media, instruments and associated products. The Laboratory Products and Services segment offers controlled temperature technologies products, growth protection and separation products, and water and laboratory products.
Zeltiq Aesthetics Company Profile
ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing products utilizing its controlled-cooling technology platform. The Company’s product, the CoolSculpting System, is designed to reduce stubborn fat bulges. The Company sells its CoolSculpting system primarily to dermatologists, plastic surgeons, aesthetic specialists and obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) physicians. It also offers consumables, which are CoolSculpting procedure packs that are needed to perform procedures using its CoolSculpting system. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure. CoolSculpting utilizes its controlled cooling technology to selectively reduce stubborn fat bulges. The CoolSculpting system includes CoolSculpting control unit and CoolSculpting applicators. The CoolSculpting Applicator delivers vacuum suction and cooling to the fat bulge being treated.
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