Contrasting Luna Innovations (LUNA) and Volcano Corp (VOLC)

Luna Innovations (NASDAQ: LUNA) and Volcano Corp (NASDAQ:VOLC) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Luna Innovations and Volcano Corp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Luna Innovations $57.27 million 0.80 $2.29 million ($0.07) -23.57
Volcano Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Luna Innovations has higher revenue and earnings than Volcano Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Luna Innovations and Volcano Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Luna Innovations 0 0 1 0 3.00
Volcano Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Luna Innovations presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 81.82%. Given Luna Innovations’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Luna Innovations is more favorable than Volcano Corp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.0% of Luna Innovations shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.0% of Luna Innovations shares are owned 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 Luna Innovations and Volcano Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Luna Innovations -3.00% -5.00% -3.24%
Volcano Corp -8.21% -10.48% -3.68%

Summary

Luna Innovations beats Volcano Corp on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Luna Innovations

Luna Innovations Incorporated develops, manufactures and markets fiber optic sensing and test, and measurement products. The Company is focused on bringing technology solutions to measure and monitor processes in the aerospace, automotive, energy, composite, telecommunications and defense industries. The Company operates in two business segments: Products and Licensing, and Technology Development. The Products and Licensing segment develops, manufactures and markets its suite of products, including high-speed optical receiver (HSOR), custom optoelectronic subsystems (Optoelectronics), and Terahertz (THz) products, and fiber optic sensing, as well as test and measurement products. The Technology Development segment performs applied research principally in the areas of sensing and instrumentation, advanced materials and health sciences. The Company’s HSOR transmission products are deployed in the Internet communications equipment infrastructure for high-speed bandwidth.

About Volcano Corp

Volcano Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes a suite of precision guided therapy tools including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) products. The Company markets its products to physicians, nurses and technicians who perform endovascular based coronary and peripheral interventional procedures in hospitals and to other personnel who make purchasing decisions on behalf of hospitals. The Company’s products consist of consoles that are marketed as stand-alone units or as units that can be integrated into a variety of hospital-based interventional surgical suites called catheterization laboratories, or cath labs. The Company has developed customized cath lab versions of these consoles. The Company sells products directly to customers in the United States, Japan, certain European markets and South Africa. The Company’s products include consoles, IVUS products, FFR products, Pioneer plus re-entry catheter and crux VCF system.

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