Unilife Corp (NASDAQ: UNIS) and Ekso Bionics Holdings (NASDAQ:EKSO) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Unilife Corp and Ekso Bionics Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unilife Corp -654.23% N/A -78.00%
Ekso Bionics Holdings -372.20% -798.93% -146.30%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Unilife Corp and Ekso Bionics Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unilife Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ekso Bionics Holdings $7.49 million 3.96 -$27.14 million ($1.55) -0.74

Unilife Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ekso Bionics Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.9% of Unilife Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.0% of Ekso Bionics Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Unilife Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of Ekso Bionics Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Unilife Corp has a beta of -0.92, indicating that its share price is 192% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ekso Bionics Holdings has a beta of -0.93, indicating that its share price is 193% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Unilife Corp and Ekso Bionics Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unilife Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ekso Bionics Holdings 0 0 2 0 3.00

Ekso Bionics Holdings has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 421.74%. Given Ekso Bionics Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ekso Bionics Holdings is more favorable than Unilife Corp.

Summary

Ekso Bionics Holdings beats Unilife Corp on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Unilife Corp

Unilife Corp is engaged in the designing, development and manufacturing of injectable drug delivery systems. The Company has a portfolio of product platforms, including pre-filled syringes, disposable and reusable auto-injectors, drug reconstitution delivery systems, ocular delivery systems, and other systems for the targeted delivery of injectable therapies. The majority of its products are designed for sale directly to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies supplying them as drug-device combination products, pre-filled and ready for administration by end-users, such as health-care providers or patients. Its other products, such as reusable auto-injectors and certain systems for targeted drug delivery are designed either to be sold to pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies for use as combination products or to be sold directly to a health care provider or end user without having the device pre-filled by a pharmaceutical company.

About Ekso Bionics Holdings

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. designs, develops, and sells exoskeletons for use in the healthcare, industrial, military, and consumer markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates through Medical Devices, Industrial Sales, and Engineering Services segments. It primarily offers Ekso GT, a bionic suit that provides the ability to stand and walk over ground with a reciprocal gait using a cane, crutches, or a walker to individuals with spinal cord injuries, hemiplegia due to stroke, and lower limb paralysis or weakness. The company’s Ekso device is primarily used in a clinic or rehabilitation setting. It also performs research and development work on human exoskeletons and related technologies. The company has a license agreement with Lockheed Martin Corporation to develop products for military applications, as well as with OttoBock Healthcare Products Gmbh. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Richmond, California. Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

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