Critical Analysis: Ekso Bionics Holdings (EKSO) & Invuity (IVTY)

Ekso Bionics Holdings (NASDAQ: EKSO) and Invuity (NASDAQ:IVTY) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ekso Bionics Holdings and Invuity, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ekso Bionics Holdings 0 0 2 0 3.00
Invuity 0 0 5 0 3.00

Ekso Bionics Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 421.74%. Invuity has a consensus target price of $12.75, suggesting a potential upside of 51.79%. Given Ekso Bionics Holdings’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Ekso Bionics Holdings is more favorable than Invuity.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.0% of Ekso Bionics Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.2% of Invuity shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.1% of Ekso Bionics Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of Invuity shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ekso Bionics Holdings and Invuity’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ekso Bionics Holdings -372.20% -798.93% -146.30%
Invuity -114.61% -140.69% -68.16%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ekso Bionics Holdings and Invuity’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ekso Bionics Holdings $7.49 million 3.96 -$27.14 million ($1.55) -0.74
Invuity $36.63 million 3.91 -$35.61 million ($2.51) -3.35

Ekso Bionics Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Invuity. Invuity is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ekso Bionics Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Ekso Bionics Holdings has a beta of -0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 186% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Invuity has a beta of -0.19, suggesting that its stock price is 119% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Invuity beats Ekso Bionics Holdings on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ekso Bionics Holdings Company Profile

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. designs, develops, and sells exoskeletons for use in the healthcare, industrial, military, and consumer markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates through Medical Devices, Industrial Sales, and Engineering Services segments. It primarily offers Ekso GT, a bionic suit that provides the ability to stand and walk over ground with a reciprocal gait using a cane, crutches, or a walker to individuals with spinal cord injuries, hemiplegia due to stroke, and lower limb paralysis or weakness. The company’s Ekso device is primarily used in a clinic or rehabilitation setting. It also performs research and development work on human exoskeletons and related technologies. The company has a license agreement with Lockheed Martin Corporation to develop products for military applications, as well as with OttoBock Healthcare Products Gmbh. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Richmond, California. Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

Invuity Company Profile

Invuity, Inc., a medical technology company, develops various surgical devices to address various surgical procedures in the United States. The company integrates its intelligent photonics technology platform into its single-use and reusable advanced surgical devices to address various critical intracavity illumination and visualization challenges. It offers various illuminated surgical devices, including Eikon LT Illuminated and Eikon illuminated retractor systems for breast oncology/oncoplastic/general/orthopedics surgeries; Saber Yankauer, a handheld illuminator for orthopedic/spine/cardiothoracic/breast/general surgeries; and Saber Frazier, a handheld illuminator for spine/orthopedic/neurosurgery surgeries. The company also provides Eika illuminated retractor systems for anterior neck approaches comprising thyroid and cervical spine surgeries; Breiten illuminated retractor systems for spine surgeries; Eipex illuminated retractor systems for spine/orthopedic surgeries; Eivector illuminated and Eiberg Illuminated retractor systems for orthopedic surgeries; and Waveguide XT system, a drop-in intracavity illuminator for spine surgeries. Invuity, Inc. sells its devices through its direct sales representatives and independent sales agents; and directly to hospitals and surgeons, as well as to third-party medical device manufacturers. The company was formerly known as Spotlight Surgical, Inc. and changed its name to Invuity, Inc. in 2007. Invuity, Inc. was incorporated in 2004 and is based in San Francisco, California.

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