EnteroMedics (NASDAQ: RSLS) is one of 78 publicly-traded companies in the “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare EnteroMedics to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

EnteroMedics has a beta of 2.97, suggesting that its stock price is 197% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnteroMedics’ peers have a beta of 1.24, suggesting that their average stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for EnteroMedics and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EnteroMedics 0 0 1 0 3.00
EnteroMedics Competitors 273 1886 3377 106 2.59

EnteroMedics currently has a consensus price target of $11.03, suggesting a potential upside of 687.86%. As a group, “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies have a potential downside of 7.63%. Given EnteroMedics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe EnteroMedics is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares EnteroMedics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EnteroMedics -4,509.61% -104.23% -90.59%
EnteroMedics Competitors -151.89% -22.51% -8.72%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares EnteroMedics and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
EnteroMedics $790,000.00 -$23.36 million -0.24
EnteroMedics Competitors $2.14 billion $234.27 million -31.81

EnteroMedics’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than EnteroMedics. EnteroMedics is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.8% of EnteroMedics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.8% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are held by institutional investors. 26.4% of EnteroMedics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.2% of shares of all “Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

EnteroMedics peers beat EnteroMedics on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About EnteroMedics

ReShape Lifesciences Inc., formerly EnteroMedics Inc., is a medical device company. The Company is focused on the design and development of devices that use neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders. The Company’s neuroblocking technology, which is referred to as VBLOC therapy, is designed to intermittently block the vagus nerve. The Company’s initial product is the Maestro Rechargeable System, which uses VBLOC therapy to limit the expansion of the stomach, help control hunger sensations between meals, reduce the frequency and intensity of stomach contractions and produce a feeling of early and prolonged fullness. The Company’s VBLOC therapy is designed to block the gastrointestinal effects of the vagus nerve by replicating a vagotomy using high-frequency, low-energy electrical impulses to intermittently interrupt naturally occurring neural impulses on the vagus nerve between the brain and the digestive system.

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