Amedica (NASDAQ:AMDA) and Dynatronics (NASDAQ:DYNT) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.7% of Amedica shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.2% of Dynatronics shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Amedica shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 44.0% of Dynatronics 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Amedica and Dynatronics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amedica 0 1 0 0 2.00
Dynatronics 0 0 1 0 3.00

Dynatronics has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 86.92%. Given Dynatronics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Dynatronics is more favorable than Amedica.

Risk and Volatility

Amedica has a beta of -1.24, suggesting that its share price is 224% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dynatronics has a beta of -0.12, suggesting that its share price is 112% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Amedica and Dynatronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amedica -139.62% -148.60% -67.83%
Dynatronics -2.94% -10.67% -2.58%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Amedica and Dynatronics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amedica $11.23 million 0.24 -$9.32 million ($3.13) -0.07
Dynatronics $64.42 million 0.27 -$1.60 million ($0.40) -5.35

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

Summary

Dynatronics beats Amedica on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Amedica Company Profile

Amedica Corporation, a biomaterial company, develops, manufactures, and commercializes a range of medical devices based on its silicon nitride technology platform in the United States, Europe, and South America. The company offers silicon nitride implants to surgeons and hospitals for use in cervical and thoracolumbar spine surgery under the Valeo brand. It also provides a line of non-silicon nitride spinal fixation products to address spinal deformity and degenerative conditions. The company markets and sells its products directly; and through a network of independent sales distributors, as well original equipment manufacturer and private label partnerships. Amedica Corporation was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dynatronics Company Profile

Dynatronics Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes orthopedic soft goods, medical supplies, and physical therapy and rehabilitation equipment in the United States and internationally. It offers ankle and wrist braces, hot packs, cold packs, lumbar rolls, cervical collars, slings, cervical pillows, bolsters, positioning wedges, back cushions, lotions and gels, paper products, athletic tape, splints, elastic wraps, exercise weights, exercise bands and tubing, electrodes, and rehabilitation and back products. The company also provides electrotherapy, ultrasound, phototherapy, and thermal therapy modalities; motorized and stationary treatment tables and mat platforms; custom athletic training equipment; and strength and cardio training equipment. In addition, it distributes a range of products, such as exercise equipment, treatment tables, treadmills, walkers, compression therapy devices, stair climbers, parallel bars, laser light therapy equipment, shortwave diathermy, and radial pulse equipment. The company sells its products to licensed practitioners, such as orthopedists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers, professional sports teams and universities, sports medicine specialists, post-acute care facilities, hospitals and clinics, retail distributors and equipment manufacturer partners through direct and independent sales representatives and independent dealers. It also exports its products to approximately 30 countries. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

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