Dextera Surgical (NASDAQ: DXTR) and Thoratec (NASDAQ:THOR) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Dextera Surgical and Thoratec’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dextera Surgical $3.42 million 2.10 -$17.22 million ($1.77) -0.08
Thoratec N/A N/A N/A $0.70 N/A

Thoratec has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Dextera Surgical. Dextera Surgical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Thoratec, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Dextera Surgical and Thoratec’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dextera Surgical -402.96% N/A -195.83%
Thoratec 10.29% 8.02% 6.71%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Dextera Surgical and Thoratec, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dextera Surgical 0 0 2 0 3.00
Thoratec 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dextera Surgical presently has a consensus price target of $0.75, suggesting a potential upside of 403.36%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.5% of Dextera Surgical shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Dextera Surgical shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Dextera Surgical

Dextera Surgical Inc., formerly Cardica, Inc., designs and manufactures stapling devices that enable the advancement of minimally invasive surgical procedures. The Company is engaged in commercializing and developing its MicroCutter 5/80 stapler based on its staple-on-a-strip technology for use by thoracic, pediatric, bariatric, colorectal and general surgeons. Its MicroCutter 5/80 is a commercially available cartridge-based microcutter device with approximately five millimeter shaft diameter, over 80 degrees of articulation, and an approximately 30 millimeter staple line cleared for specified indications for use in the United States, and in the European Union (EU) for a range of indications for use. It designs, manufactures and markets automated anastomotic systems used by surgeons to perform anastomoses during on- or off-pump coronary artery bypass graft procedures and these products include the C-Port xA system, the C-Port Flex A system and the PAS-Port Proximal Anastomosis System.

About Thoratec

Thoratec Corporation develops, manufactures and markets medical devices used for mechanical circulatory support for the treatment of heart failure patients. The Company’s products include ventricular assist devices (VADs), such as HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist System (HeartMate II), HeartMate III Left Ventricular Assist System, Thoratec Paracorporeal Ventricular Assist Device (PVAD) and Thoratec Implantable Ventricular Assist Device (IVAD). For acute circulatory support, the Company’s product lines are CentriMag Acute Circulatory System (CentriMag) and for pediatric patients PediMag/PediVAS Acute Circulatory System (PediMag/PediVAS). HeartMate III, a centrifugal-flow, chronic, left ventricular assist system.

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