Head-To-Head Analysis: AtriCure (ATRC) vs. Liquidia Technologies (LQDA)

AtriCure (NASDAQ:ATRC) and Liquidia Technologies (NASDAQ:LQDA) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for AtriCure and Liquidia Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AtriCure 0 1 4 0 2.80
Liquidia Technologies 0 0 4 0 3.00

AtriCure currently has a consensus price target of $34.25, suggesting a potential downside of 2.70%. Liquidia Technologies has a consensus price target of $29.50, suggesting a potential upside of 30.01%. Given Liquidia Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Liquidia Technologies is more favorable than AtriCure.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AtriCure and Liquidia Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AtriCure $174.72 million 7.12 -$26.89 million ($0.83) -42.41
Liquidia Technologies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Liquidia Technologies has lower revenue, but higher earnings than AtriCure.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.8% of AtriCure shares are held by institutional investors. 8.7% of AtriCure shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares AtriCure and Liquidia Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AtriCure -10.85% -16.57% -9.74%
Liquidia Technologies N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Liquidia Technologies beats AtriCure on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

AtriCure Company Profile

AtriCure, Inc. provides atrial fibrillation solutions to medical centers in the United States and internationally. The company offers Isolator Synergy and Isolator Synergy Access clamps for the treatment of persistent and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation concomitant to other open-heart surgical procedures; COBRA Fusion surgical ablation system to combine bipolar temperature-controlled radio frequency energy control with monopolar energy; and EPi-Sense guided coagulation system used for the temporary cardiac signal sensing and recording during surgery. It also provides SUBTLE cannula, an access device and conduit for the ablation device and endoscope to enable a closed chest endoscopic approach; multifunctional pens that allow surgeons to evaluate cardiac arrhythmias, perform temporary cardiac pacing, sensing, and stimulation and ablate cardiac tissue with the same device; and linear ablation devices, which enable physicians to create an expanded cardiac ablation lesion set. In addition, the company offers cryoICE cryoablation system used to ablate cardiac tissue for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias; AtriClip system used to occlude the left atrial appendage by mechanically clamping the appendage; and CryoICE CRYO2 cryoablation system to apply cryo-energy to targeted intercostal peripheral nerves in the ribcage and temporarily relieve pain. Further, it provides Lumitip dissector to separate tissues to provide access to key anatomical structures that are targeted for ablation; Fusion Magnetic Retriever System that allows access around anatomical structures; and cardiac surgery instruments, which are used during surgical procedures for repair or replacement of certain heart valves. AtriCure sells its products through independent distributors and direct sales personnel. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Mason, Ohio.

Liquidia Technologies Company Profile

There is no company description available for Liquidia Technologies Inc.

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