Alphatec Holdings (NASDAQ: ATEC) and Varex Imaging (NASDAQ:VREX) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Alphatec Holdings and Varex Imaging’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alphatec Holdings -25.13% N/A -31.74%
Varex Imaging N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Alphatec Holdings and Varex Imaging, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alphatec Holdings 0 0 1 0 3.00
Varex Imaging 1 0 1 0 2.00

Alphatec Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.39%. Varex Imaging has a consensus price target of $33.50, suggesting a potential upside of 1.03%. Given Alphatec Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Alphatec Holdings is more favorable than Varex Imaging.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.6% of Alphatec Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.7% of Varex Imaging shares are held by institutional investors. 23.6% of Alphatec Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Alphatec Holdings and Varex Imaging’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alphatec Holdings $106.16 million 0.33 -$2.79 million ($3.01) -1.04
Varex Imaging $654.50 million 1.91 $115.80 million N/A N/A

Varex Imaging has higher revenue and earnings than Alphatec Holdings.

Summary

Varex Imaging beats Alphatec Holdings on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Alphatec Holdings

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company through its subsidiary, Alphatec Spine, Inc. and its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders. Its product portfolio and pipeline addresses the cervical, thoracolumbar and intervertebral regions of the spine and covers a range of spinal disorders and surgical procedures. Its products include Cervical and Cervico-Thoracic Products, which include Trestle Luxe Anterior Cervical Plate System and Pegasus Anchored Cervical Interbody; Thoracolumbar Fixation Products, which include Arsenal Degenerative System and OsseoScrew Spinal Fixation System; Spinal Spacers, which include Battalion Universal Spacer System and Alphatec Solus Locking ALIF Spinal Spacer; minimally invasive surgery Products, which include Illico Minimally Invasive Surgery System and BridgePoint Spinous Process Fixation System, and Biologics, which include Neocore Osteoconductive Matrix.

About Varex Imaging

Varex Imaging Corporation is a supplier of medical X-ray tubes and image processing solutions. The Company’s segments include Medical and Industrial. The X-ray imaging system manufacturers use the Company’s components for medical imaging, cargo screening and border security, to detect, diagnose and protect. The Medical business segment designs, manufactures, sells and services X-ray imaging components for use in a range of applications, including radiographic or fluoroscopic imaging, mammography, special procedures, computed tomography, radiation therapy and computer-aided detection. The Industrial business segment designs, manufactures, sells and services products for use in security and industrial inspection applications, such as cargo screening at ports and borders and non-destructive examination in a range of applications.

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