Head to Head Survey: National Vision (EYE) and STAAR Surgical (STAA)

National Vision (NASDAQ: EYE) and STAAR Surgical (NASDAQ:STAA) are both medical companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current recommendations for National Vision and STAAR Surgical, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Vision 0 2 5 0 2.71
STAAR Surgical 0 0 2 0 3.00

National Vision currently has a consensus price target of $36.40, suggesting a potential upside of 12.03%. STAAR Surgical has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 45.39%. Given STAAR Surgical’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe STAAR Surgical is more favorable than National Vision.

Profitability

This table compares National Vision and STAAR Surgical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Vision N/A N/A N/A
STAAR Surgical -2.36% -2.28% -1.34%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.4% of National Vision shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.0% of STAAR Surgical shares are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of STAAR Surgical shares are held by 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares National Vision and STAAR Surgical’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Vision $1.38 billion 1.76 $45.82 million $0.53 61.30
STAAR Surgical $90.61 million 6.45 -$2.13 million $0.01 1,410.00

National Vision has higher revenue and earnings than STAAR Surgical. National Vision is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than STAAR Surgical, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

National Vision beats STAAR Surgical on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

National Vision Company Profile

National Vision Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an optical retailer primarily in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Owned & Host and Legacy. It offers eyeglasses and contact lenses under the America's Best, Eyeglass World, Walmart Vision Center, Vista Optical Fred Meyer, and Vista Optical Military brand stores, as well as provides optometric services. As of December 30, 2017, the company operated 1,013 retail stores across 5 brands, as well as 18 consumer Websites. National Vision Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Duluth, Georgia.

STAAR Surgical Company Profile

STAAR Surgical Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells implantable lenses for the eye and delivery systems used to deliver the lenses into the eye. It operates in the ophthalmic surgical market segment. Its principal products are intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery and implantable collamer lenses used in refractive surgery. It makes lenses used across the world in corrective or refractive surgery, and makes lenses for use in surgery that treats cataracts. Its refractive surgery corrects the types of visual disorders that glasses or contact lenses have treated (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia). Its refractive surgery corrects the types of visual disorders that glasses or contact lenses have treated (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia). As of December 30, 2016, it sold its products in more than 60 countries, with direct distribution in the United States, Canada, Japan and Spain, and independent distribution in the remainder of the world.

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