Solta Medical (SLTM) & Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) Financial Survey

Solta Medical (NASDAQ: SLTM) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) are both advanced medical equipment & technology – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Solta Medical and Intuitive Surgical’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Solta Medical N/A N/A N/A $0.02 N/A
Intuitive Surgical $2.70 billion 17.56 $735.90 million $7.74 54.75

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

32.8% of Intuitive Surgical shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Intuitive Surgical shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Solta Medical and Intuitive Surgical, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Solta Medical 0 0 0 0 N/A
Intuitive Surgical 0 4 12 0 2.75

Intuitive Surgical has a consensus target price of $348.84, suggesting a potential downside of 17.68%.

Profitability

This table compares Solta Medical and Intuitive Surgical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Solta Medical N/A N/A N/A
Intuitive Surgical 30.16% 18.20% 15.90%

Summary

Intuitive Surgical beats Solta Medical on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Solta Medical

Solta Medical, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets professional and consumer energy-based medical device systems for aesthetic applications. The Company’s systems are cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for dermatological procedures performed in the physician led, professional assist, and personal care markets. The Company’s portfolio of products includes six brands that are primarily designed for aesthetic applications: The Fraxel re:pair system provides ablative laser skin resurfacing while the non-ablative Fraxel platform and Clear + Brilliant systems provide treatment for skin rejuvenation. The Thermage system provides non-invasive skin tightening and the Liposonix system provides non-invasive body contouring. Isolaz and CLARO provide options to resolve acne. In January 2014, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc ‘s wholly-owned subsidiary Valeant Pharmaceuticals International acquired Solta Medical Inc.

About Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Intuitive) designs, manufactures and markets da Vinci Surgical Systems, and related instruments and accessories. The Company’s da Vinci Surgical System consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart and a vision system. The da Vinci Surgical System translates a surgeon’s hand movements, which are performed on instrument controls at a console, into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small incisions or ports. The da Vinci Surgical System provides its operating surgeons with control, range of motion, tissue manipulation capability and three-dimensional (3-D), high-definition (HD) vision. Intuitive has four generations of da Vinci Surgical System: the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the da Vinci Si Surgical System, the da Vinci S Surgical System and the standard da Vinci Surgical System. The Company’s instruments and accessories include EndoWrist Instruments and da Vinci Single-Site.

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