Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) and Invivo Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NVIV) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Boston Scientific has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Invivo Therapeutics has a beta of 2.71, meaning that its share price is 171% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Boston Scientific and Invivo Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boston Scientific 0 4 12 1 2.82
Invivo Therapeutics 0 1 0 0 2.00

Boston Scientific currently has a consensus target price of $30.87, indicating a potential upside of 17.90%. Invivo Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 1,150.00%. Given Invivo Therapeutics’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Invivo Therapeutics is more favorable than Boston Scientific.

Profitability

This table compares Boston Scientific and Invivo Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boston Scientific 1.15% 24.04% 9.57%
Invivo Therapeutics N/A -134.23% -109.16%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Boston Scientific and Invivo Therapeutics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Boston Scientific $9.05 billion 3.97 $105.00 million $0.07 374.00
Invivo Therapeutics N/A N/A -$23.43 million ($0.85) -0.56

Boston Scientific has higher revenue and earnings than Invivo Therapeutics. Invivo Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Boston Scientific, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.8% of Boston Scientific shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.9% of Invivo Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Boston Scientific shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Invivo Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Boston Scientific beats Invivo Therapeutics on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Boston Scientific Company Profile

Boston Scientific Corporation is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a range of interventional medical specialties. The Company offers its products by seven businesses: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Rhythm Management, Endoscopy, Peripheral Interventions, Urology and Pelvic Health, Neuromodulation, and Electrophysiology. It operates in three segments: Cardiovascular, Rhythm Management and MedSurg. Its Cardiovascular segment consists of Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Interventions businesses. Rhythm Management consists of Cardiac Rhythm Management and Electrophysiology businesses. MedSurg consists of Endoscopy, Urology and Pelvic Health, and Neuromodulation businesses. Its Interventional Cardiology product offerings include balloon catheters, rotational atherectomy systems, guide wires, guide catheters and embolic protection devices and diagnostic catheters used in percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedures.

Invivo Therapeutics Company Profile

InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp., formerly Design Source, Inc., is a research and clinical-stage biomaterials and biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in developing and commercializing biopolymer-scaffolding devices for the treatment of spinal cord injuries (SCI). The Company’s approach to treating acute SCIs is based on its investigational Neuro Spinal Scaffold implant, an investigational bioresorbable polymer scaffold that is designed for implantation at the site of injury within a spinal cord contusion and is intended to treat acute spinal cord injury. The Neuro-Spinal Scaffold consists of biocompatible and bioresorbable polymers, which include poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) and Poly-L-Lysine (PLL). The Company is also evaluating other technologies and therapeutics that may be complementary to its development of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold implant. The Company has a clinical development program for acute SCI and a preclinical development program for chronic SCI.

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