Analyzing Baxter International (BAX) and Hypertension Diagnostics (HDII)

Baxter International (NYSE:BAX) and Hypertension Diagnostics (OTCMKTS:HDII) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Baxter International and Hypertension Diagnostics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Baxter International $10.56 billion 3.29 $717.00 million $2.48 26.36
Hypertension Diagnostics N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Baxter International has higher revenue and earnings than Hypertension Diagnostics.


Baxter International pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Hypertension Diagnostics does not pay a dividend. Baxter International pays out 30.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Baxter International and Hypertension Diagnostics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Baxter International 10.90% 17.67% 9.49%
Hypertension Diagnostics N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Baxter International and Hypertension Diagnostics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Baxter International 2 3 11 0 2.56
Hypertension Diagnostics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Baxter International presently has a consensus price target of $74.63, indicating a potential upside of 14.14%. Given Baxter International’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Baxter International is more favorable than Hypertension Diagnostics.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.4% of Baxter International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Hypertension Diagnostics shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Baxter International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 40.0% of Hypertension Diagnostics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Baxter International has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hypertension Diagnostics has a beta of -0.13, meaning that its stock price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Baxter International beats Hypertension Diagnostics on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Baxter International

Baxter International Inc. provides a portfolio of healthcare products. The company operates through North and South America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia-Pacific segments. It offers peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, and additional dialysis therapies and services; renal replacement therapies and other organ support therapies focused in the intensive care unit; sterile intravenous (IV) solutions, IV therapies, infusion pumps, administration sets, and drug reconstitution devices; and parenteral nutrition therapies. The company also provides biological products and medical devices, and surgical hemostat and sealant products used in surgical procedures for hemostasis, tissue sealing, and adhesion prevention; premixed and oncology drug platforms, inhaled anesthesia and critical care products, and pharmacy compounding services; and generic injectable pharmaceuticals. Its products are used in hospitals, kidney dialysis centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, doctors' offices, and by patients at home under physician supervision. The company sells its products through direct sales force, independent distributors, drug wholesalers, and specialty pharmacy or other alternate site providers in approximately 100 countries. It has an agreement with Celerity Pharmaceutical, LLC to develop acute care generic injectable premix and oncolytic molecules. Baxter International Inc. was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.

About Hypertension Diagnostics

Hypertension Diagnostics, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary noninvasive medical devices that detect subtle changes in the elasticity of arteries in the United States and internationally. It offers CVProfilor, which allows a physician to non-invasively assess the elasticity of small and large arteries, of which small artery elasticity is the earliest and sensitive marker of cardiovascular disease. The company offers CVProfilor DO-2020, which provides a patient's arterial elasticity indices used in the assessment for underlying vascular disease; CVProfilor MD-3000 that offers a sensitive and specific guide to the presence of blood vessel disease; and HD/PulseWave CR-2000 research cardiovascular profiling system, which provides researchers and scientists with a non-invasive means to assess arterial elasticity in support of human research in various areas. Its products collect 30 seconds of blood pressure waveform data, perform an analysis of the digitized blood pressure waveforms, and generate a CVProfile report that contains information on blood pressure, heart rate, pulse pressure, body surface area, body mass index, and C1-large and C2-small artery elasticity indices. The company sells its products to primary care physicians, cardiologists, health care professionals, trained medical personnel, research investigators at academic medical research centers, government institutes, cardiovascular specialists, and pharmaceutical firms. It markets its products through a representative organization in the United States. Hypertension Diagnostics, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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