Cooper Companies (NYSE: COO) and TearLab (OTCMKTS:TEAR) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Cooper Companies and TearLab, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Cooper Companies presently has a consensus target price of $260.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.63%. TearLab has a consensus target price of $5.75, indicating a potential upside of 1,302.44%. Given TearLab’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TearLab is more favorable than Cooper Companies.
This table compares Cooper Companies and TearLab’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional & Insider Ownership
96.7% of Cooper Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.0% of TearLab shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Cooper Companies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of TearLab shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Cooper Companies and TearLab’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Cooper Companies||$2.14 billion||5.28||$372.90 million||$7.52||30.70|
|TearLab||$28.01 million||0.11||-$19.92 million||($3.10)||-0.13|
Cooper Companies has higher revenue and earnings than TearLab. TearLab is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cooper Companies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
Cooper Companies has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TearLab has a beta of 2.72, meaning that its share price is 172% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Cooper Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.0%. TearLab does not pay a dividend. Cooper Companies pays out 0.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Cooper Companies beats TearLab on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Cooper Companies
The Cooper Companies, Inc. is a global medical device company. The Company operates through two business units: CooperVision, Inc. and CooperSurgical, Inc. CooperVision offers soft contact lenses for the vision correction market. CooperVision develops, manufactures and markets a range of single-use, two-week and monthly contact lenses. CooperVision services three primary regions: the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific. CooperVision offers spherical, aspherical, toric, multifocal and toric multifocal lens products in various modalities. CooperVision’s products are primarily manufactured at its facilities located in the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Hungary, Costa Rica and New York. CooperSurgical offers an array of products and services focused on advancing the health of families through a portfolio of products and services focusing on women’s health, fertility and diagnostics.
TearLab Corporation is an in-vitro diagnostic company. The Company has commercialized a tear testing platform, the TearLab Osmolarity System, which enables eye care practitioners to test for sensitive and specific biomarkers using nanoliters of tear film at the point-of-care. The Company, through its subsidiary TearLab Research, Inc., develops technologies to enable eye care practitioners to test a range of biomarkers (chemistries, metabolites, genes and proteins) at the point-of-care. Its product, the TearLab Osmolarity System, enables the measurement of tear osmolarity in the doctor’s office. The TearLab Osmolarity System consists of approximately three components: the TearLab disposable, the TearLab Pen, and the TearLab Reader. The TearLab disposable is a single-use microfluidic microchip. The TearLab Pen is a hand-held device that interfaces with the TearLab disposable. The TearLab Reader is a small desktop unit that allows for the docking of the TearLab Pen.
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