Comparing Varex Imaging (VREX) & Vicor (VICR)

Varex Imaging (NASDAQ: VREX) and Vicor (NASDAQ:VICR) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Varex Imaging and Vicor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Varex Imaging 7.24% 16.90% 6.58%
Vicor 0.07% -0.55% -0.45%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Varex Imaging and Vicor, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Varex Imaging 0 2 1 0 2.33
Vicor 0 0 0 0 N/A

Varex Imaging presently has a consensus price target of $36.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.87%. Given Varex Imaging’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Varex Imaging is more favorable than Vicor.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.4% of Varex Imaging shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.1% of Vicor shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Varex Imaging shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 38.2% of Vicor shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Varex Imaging and Vicor’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Varex Imaging $698.10 million 2.03 $51.60 million $1.80 20.81
Vicor $227.83 million 5.17 $160,000.00 N/A N/A

Varex Imaging has higher revenue and earnings than Vicor.

Risk and Volatility

Varex Imaging has a beta of 2.43, meaning that its share price is 143% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vicor has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Varex Imaging beats Vicor on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Varex Imaging

Varex Imaging Corporation designs and manufactures X-ray imaging components. The company operates in two segments, Medical and Industrial. The Medical segment designs, manufactures, sells, and services X-ray imaging components comprising X-ray tubes, digital flat panel image detectors, high voltage connectors, image-processing software and workstations, computer-aided diagnostic software, collimators, automatic exposure control devices, generators, ionization chambers, and buckys. This segment's products are used in a range of applications, including radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging, mammography, computed tomography, radiation therapy, and computer-aided detection. The Industrial segment designs, manufactures, sells, and services Linatron X-ray accelerators, X-ray tubes, digital flat panel detectors, high voltage connectors, and image-processing software for use in security and industrial inspection applications, such as airport security screening at ports and borders, as well as nondestructive examination in various applications. Varex Imaging Corporation sells its products through imaging system original equipment manufacturers, independent service companies, and distributors, as well as directly to end-users. The company has operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, India, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Varex Imaging Corporation is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Vicor

Vicor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets modular power components and power systems for converting, regulating, and controlling electric current worldwide. It operates through three segments: Brick Business Unit, VI Chip, and Picor. The company offers modular direct current (DC)-DC converters, open-frame intermediate bus converters, and complementary components; high density zero voltage soft switching DC-DC converters; configurable products; and custom power systems. It also provides modular power components, Vicor integrated adapter packages, system-in-package point-of-load regulators, and front-end alternating current?DC solutions. The company serves independent manufacturers of electronic devices, original equipment manufacturers, and their contract manufacturers in aerospace and aviation, defense electronics, industrial automation and equipment, medical diagnostics, rail transportation, and test and measurement instrumentation, as well as the computing, networking equipment, solid state lighting, and transportation markets. Vicor Corporation was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts.

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