Halyard Health (NYSE: HYH) is one of 80 publicly-traded companies in the “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Halyard Health to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.3% of Halyard Health shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Halyard Health shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Halyard Health and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halyard Health 0 2 3 0 2.60
Halyard Health Competitors 209 1218 2621 93 2.63

Halyard Health presently has a consensus price target of $44.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.72%. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 6.50%. Given Halyard Health’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Halyard Health has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Halyard Health and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halyard Health 3.52% 8.65% 4.69%
Halyard Health Competitors -126.60% -40.00% -10.87%

Risk and Volatility

Halyard Health has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Halyard Health’s competitors have a beta of 0.96, indicating that their average stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Halyard Health and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Halyard Health $1.59 billion $39.80 million 39.22
Halyard Health Competitors $975.11 million $120.37 million 213.03

Halyard Health has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Halyard Health is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Halyard Health competitors beat Halyard Health on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Halyard Health

Halyard Health, Inc. is a medical technology company. The Company operates through two segments: Medical Devices and Surgical and Infection Prevention (S&IP). The Medical Devices segment provides a portfolio of product offerings focused on pain management, respiratory and digestive health. The S&IP segment provides healthcare supplies and solutions that target the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. The Company address healthcare needs, such as reducing the use of opioids, while helping patients move from surgery to recovery. The Medical Devices segment’s products include post-operative pain management solutions, minimally invasive interventional (or chronic) pain therapies, closed airway suction systems and enteral feeding tubes. The S&IP segment includes product offerings, such as sterilization wrap, surgical drapes and gowns, facial protection, protective apparel and medical exam gloves.

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