Waters Corporation (WAT) vs. Hansen Medical (HNSN) Critical Analysis

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) and Hansen Medical (NASDAQ:HNSN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.3% of Waters Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.1% of Waters Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Waters Corporation and Hansen Medical, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Waters Corporation 2 8 5 0 2.20
Hansen Medical 0 0 0 0 N/A

Waters Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $192.17, suggesting a potential downside of 0.54%. Given Waters Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Waters Corporation is more favorable than Hansen Medical.


This table compares Waters Corporation and Hansen Medical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Waters Corporation 24.34% 23.61% 11.84%
Hansen Medical -317.95% N/A -96.52%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Waters Corporation and Hansen Medical’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Waters Corporation $2.17 billion 7.09 $521.50 million $6.78 28.50
Hansen Medical N/A N/A N/A ($31.62) -0.13

Waters Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Hansen Medical. Hansen Medical is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Waters Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Waters Corporation beats Hansen Medical on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation is an analytical instrument manufacturer. The Company operates through two segments: Waters and TA. It designs, manufactures, sells and services high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC and together with HPLC, referred to as LC) and mass spectrometry (MS) technology systems and support products, including chromatography columns, other consumable products and post-warranty service plans. It also designs, manufactures, sells and services thermal analysis, rheometry and calorimetry instruments through its TA product line. It is also a developer and supplier of software-based products that interface with the Company’s instruments, as well as other suppliers’ instruments. Its LC and LC-MS instruments are utilized in a range of industries to detect, identify, monitor and measure the chemical, physical and biological composition of materials, and to purify a range of compounds.

About Hansen Medical

Hansen Medical, Inc. is engaged in the development and marketing of medical devices. The Company develops, manufactures and sells a range of medical robotics designed for positioning, manipulation and stable control of catheters and catheter-based technologies. Its products include Sensei Robotic Catheter System (Sensei system), Artisan Extend Control Catheter, CoHesion 3D Visualization Module and Magellan System. Its Sensei system allows physicians to navigate catheters in interventional procedures within the atrial heart chambers. Its disposable Artisan Extend catheter assembly consists of a telescoping set of control catheters. Its CoHesion 3D Visualization Module is a software interface between its Sensei system and the St. Jude Medical EnSite System for Electro-Physiology procedures. The Magellan System controls the Magellan Robotic Catheter, which is a telescoping, steerable catheter designed to facilitate remote catheter navigation and vessel cannulation.

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