Zeltiq Aesthetics (NASDAQ: ZLTQ) and Abaxis (NASDAQ:ABAX) are both healthcare companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Zeltiq Aesthetics and Abaxis, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zeltiq Aesthetics 0 8 1 0 2.11
Abaxis 1 4 2 0 2.14

Zeltiq Aesthetics presently has a consensus price target of $56.25, indicating a potential downside of 0.41%. Abaxis has a consensus price target of $49.63, indicating a potential downside of 20.52%. Given Zeltiq Aesthetics’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Zeltiq Aesthetics is more favorable than Abaxis.

Dividends

Abaxis pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Zeltiq Aesthetics does not pay a dividend. Abaxis pays out 53.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.7% of Abaxis shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.6% of Zeltiq Aesthetics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of Abaxis shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Zeltiq Aesthetics and Abaxis’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zeltiq Aesthetics N/A N/A N/A ($0.03) -1,882.67
Abaxis $227.22 million 6.24 $32.71 million $1.20 52.03

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

Profitability

This table compares Zeltiq Aesthetics and Abaxis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zeltiq Aesthetics 9.78% 31.74% 20.11%
Abaxis 11.98% 10.18% 8.84%

Summary

Abaxis beats Zeltiq Aesthetics on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Zeltiq Aesthetics Company Profile

ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing products utilizing its controlled-cooling technology platform. The Company’s product, the CoolSculpting System, is designed to reduce stubborn fat bulges. The Company sells its CoolSculpting system primarily to dermatologists, plastic surgeons, aesthetic specialists and obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) physicians. It also offers consumables, which are CoolSculpting procedure packs that are needed to perform procedures using its CoolSculpting system. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure. CoolSculpting utilizes its controlled cooling technology to selectively reduce stubborn fat bulges. The CoolSculpting system includes CoolSculpting control unit and CoolSculpting applicators. The CoolSculpting Applicator delivers vacuum suction and cooling to the fat bulge being treated.

Abaxis Company Profile

Abaxis, Inc. is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of portable blood analysis systems that are used in medical specialties in human or veterinary patient care to provide clinicians with blood constituent measurements. The Company markets and sells its products around the world through independent distributors and direct sales force. The Company’s segments are the medical market and the veterinary market. The Company’s medical market products include Piccolo chemistry analyzers and consumable products. The Company develops, manufactures and sells the Piccolo Xpress chemistry analyzer for use in human patient care to provide clinicians with blood constituent measurements. The Company’s veterinary market product offerings include VetScan chemistry analyzers and veterinary reagent discs, VetScan hematology instruments and related reagent kits, VetScan VSpro specialty analyzers and related consumables, VetScan i-STAT analyzers and related consumables and VetScan rapid tests.

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