Viveve Medical (NASDAQ:VIVE) and Semler Scientific (OTCMKTS:SMLR) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Viveve Medical and Semler Scientific, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Viveve Medical 0 1 3 0 2.75
Semler Scientific 0 0 2 0 3.00

Viveve Medical presently has a consensus price target of $3.50, suggesting a potential upside of 821.05%. Semler Scientific has a consensus price target of $44.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.69%. Given Viveve Medical’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Viveve Medical is more favorable than Semler Scientific.

Profitability

This table compares Viveve Medical and Semler Scientific’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Viveve Medical -265.51% -2,979.48% -111.64%
Semler Scientific 25.90% 191.41% 84.63%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.8% of Viveve Medical shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.0% of Semler Scientific shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.9% of Viveve Medical shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of Semler Scientific shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Viveve Medical and Semler Scientific’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Viveve Medical $18.52 million 0.95 -$49.32 million ($1.61) -0.24
Semler Scientific $21.49 million 13.13 $5.01 million $0.66 66.21

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

Volatility & Risk

Viveve Medical has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Semler Scientific has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Semler Scientific beats Viveve Medical on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Viveve Medical Company Profile

Viveve Medical, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices for the non-invasive treatment of various post-partum conditions. The company offers Viveve System, a radio frequency generator, a reusable hand piece, and single-use treatment tip, as well as other consumable components. It markets its products through sales employees and distributors in the United States, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Canada. Viveve Medical, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

Semler Scientific Company Profile

Semler Scientific, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary products that assist healthcare providers to evaluate and treat patients with chronic diseases in the United States. Its products include QuantaFlo, a four-minute in-office blood flow test that enables healthcare providers to use blood flow measurements as part of their examinations of a patient's vascular condition. The company's products serve cardiologists, internists, nephrologists, endocrinologists, podiatrists, and family practitioners, as well as healthcare insurance plans, integrated delivery networks, independent physician groups, and companies contracting with the healthcare industry, such as risk assessment groups. It offers its products through salespersons and distributors. Semler Scientific, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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