Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bruker Corporation and Intuitive Surgical’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bruker Corporation $1.62 billion 2.75 $264.30 million $1.00 27.88
Intuitive Surgical $2.87 billion 12.05 $1.08 billion $20.88 44.59

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Bruker Corporation and Intuitive Surgical, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bruker Corporation 1 8 3 0 2.17
Intuitive Surgical 0 5 12 0 2.71

Bruker Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $26.25, suggesting a potential downside of 5.85%. Intuitive Surgical has a consensus target price of $972.20, suggesting a potential upside of 4.42%. Given Intuitive Surgical’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Intuitive Surgical is more favorable than Bruker Corporation.

Volatility and Risk

Bruker Corporation has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intuitive Surgical has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Bruker Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Intuitive Surgical does not pay a dividend. Bruker Corporation pays out 16.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bruker Corporation 9.65% 27.18% 10.61%
Intuitive Surgical 28.44% 15.99% 14.06%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.0% of Bruker Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.8% of Intuitive Surgical shares are owned by institutional investors. 35.2% of Bruker Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Intuitive Surgical shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Intuitive Surgical beats Bruker Corporation on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bruker Corporation Company Profile

Bruker Corporation designs and manufactures scientific instruments, and analytical and diagnostic solutions. Its segments include the Bruker BioSpin Group; the Bruker Chemicals, Applied Markets, Life Science, In-Vitro Diagnostics, Detection (CALID) Group; the Bruker Nano Group, and the Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST) Segment. The Bruker BioSpin Group segment designs, manufactures and distributes enabling life science tools. The Bruker CALID segment designs, manufactures and distributes life science mass spectrometry instruments that can be integrated and used along with other sample preparation or chromatography instruments, as well as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive detection products. The Bruker Nano segment designs, manufactures and distributes spectroscopy and microscopy instruments. The BEST segment develops and manufactures superconducting and non-superconducting materials and devices. It also focuses on nanomechanical testing instruments.

Intuitive Surgical Company Profile

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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