Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) and Precision Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AIPT) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Intuitive Surgical and Precision Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intuitive Surgical $3.72 billion 15.24 $1.13 billion $9.49 51.82
Precision Therapeutics $1.41 million 5.61 -$10.09 million N/A N/A

Intuitive Surgical has higher revenue and earnings than Precision Therapeutics.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Intuitive Surgical and Precision Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intuitive Surgical 1 3 13 0 2.71
Precision Therapeutics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Intuitive Surgical currently has a consensus price target of $579.06, indicating a potential upside of 17.76%. Given Intuitive Surgical’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Intuitive Surgical is more favorable than Precision Therapeutics.

Profitability

This table compares Intuitive Surgical and Precision Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intuitive Surgical 29.78% 17.33% 14.83%
Precision Therapeutics -713.80% -346.59% -211.13%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.9% of Intuitive Surgical shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.4% of Precision Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Intuitive Surgical shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of Precision Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Intuitive Surgical has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Precision Therapeutics has a beta of 2.01, suggesting that its stock price is 101% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Intuitive Surgical beats Precision Therapeutics on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. Its da Vinci Surgical System transforms the surgeon's natural hand movements outside the body into corresponding micro-movements inside the patient's body. The company's da Vinci Surgical System include surgeon's consoles, patient-side carts, 3-D vision systems, da Vinci skills simulators, da Vinci Xi integrated table motions, and Firefly fluorescence imaging products that enable surgeons to perform various surgical procedures, including gynecologic, urologic, general, cardiothoracic, and head and neck surgical procedures. It also manufactures EndoWrist instruments, such as forceps, scissors, electrocautery tools, scalpels, and other surgical tools, which incorporate wrist joints for natural dexterity for various surgical procedures. In addition, the company offers EndoWrist Stapler, a wristed stapling instrument for resection, transection, and creation of anastomoses; and EndoWrist One Vessel Sealers that are wristed single-use instruments for bipolar coagulation and mechanical transection of vessels up to 7mm in diameter and tissue bundles that fit in the jaws of the instrument. Further, it provides da Vinci Single-Site, a set of non-wristed and wristed instruments and accessories that allow da Vinci Surgical Systems to work through a single incision. Additionally, the company sells various accessories comprising sterile drapes for ensuring sterile field during surgery; and vision products that include replacement 3D stereo endoscopes, camera heads, light guides, and other items that facilitate use of the da Vinci Surgical System. It markets its products directly and through distributors in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

About Precision Therapeutics

Precision Therapeutics Inc. provides various healthcare products and services primarily in the United States. The company manufactures environmentally conscious systems for the collection and disposal of infectious fluids that result from surgical procedures and post-operative care. It offers the STREAMWAY Fluid Waste Management system that suctions surgical waste fluid from the patient using standard surgical tubing; and disposables. The company also provides contract research organization (CRO) that offers personalized medicine solutions for pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotech industries. Its CRO services enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapy using the power of artificial intelligence applied to diseases databases. The company markets and sells its STREAMWAY Fluid Waste Management system and procedure disposables to medical facilities through various direct sales force and independent distributors. The company was formerly known as Skyline Medical Inc. and changed its name to Precision Therapeutics Inc. in February 2018. Precision Therapeutics Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in Eagan, Minnesota.

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