Is Motus GI Holdings a Winner in the Healthcare Sector?

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MOTS – Motus GI (MOTS), which operates across the United States and Israel through its subsidiaries, is known for its colorectal cancer detection system Pure-Vu. But let’s find out if the Pure-Vu system is sufficient to deliver healthy returns to the company and its investors in the near-term. Read on.

Medical technology company Motus GI Holdings, Inc. (MOTS) provides  endoscopy solutions and is known for its flagship product Pure-Vu. The system helps in early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer and other diseases of the rectum and colon. However, the company is still in its early stages of development.

MOTS’ stock has lost 3.5% over the past three months to close Friday’s trading session at $1.39. It is currently trading 49.3% below its $2.74  52-week high  and much below its $10.50 all-time high, which it hit on July 1, 2018.

The company had an unimpressive market debut in 2018, and it has failed to generate a profit so far. So, even as the healthcare industry overall is expected to see decent growth this year and beyond, we think it’s wise to avoid MOTS now.

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Here’s what we think could shape MOTS’ performance in the near term:

Narrow Portfolio of Products

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for improvements in the healthcare sector. As a result, several healthcare companies have been ramping up their production and developmental activities and are also integrating advanced technology in their product and services offerings. In fact, according to an Acumen Research and Consulting report, the global medical device cleaning market is expected to grow at a 7.8% CAGR over the next six years.

However, MOTS  is not well-positioned to gain from industry tailwinds because it might be a one-trick pony. On April 30 It received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its  Pure-Vu system for upper GI endoscopy  but its near-term prospects  remain uncertain because it unknown if the device  will be widely accepted across several hospitals given that there is intense competition in this space and several established companies produce similar products.

Leveraging Shares to Fund Company’s Growth Activities

In January, MOTS  signed a warrant exercise agreement with an existing institutional investor and expects  to generate roughly $11 million in gross proceeds. The company is  expected to use the proceeds to fund the commercialization of its Pure-Vu System, for working capital and for other general corporate purposes.

Weak Financials

For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 MOTS’ top line declined 63.6% year-over-year to $36,000. The company said, “our sales team is still encountering limited access at most hospitals as a result of the pandemic.” Its operating loss for the quarter was  $4,293 while its net loss came in at $4,399. Also, the company’s loss per share came in at $0.12 in the fourth quarter.

POWR Ratings Reflect Bleak Outlook

MOTS has an overall F rating, which equates to Strong Sell in our POWR Ratings system. The POWR Ratings are calculated by considering 118 different factors with each factor weighted to an optimal degree. 

Our proprietary rating system also evaluates each stock based on eight different categories. MOTS has a D grade for Value. This is justified given that its 114.61x forward EV/Sales is significantly higher than the 6.85x  industry average.  Its 140.71x forward P/S  is also higher than the 7.24x industry average.

The stock has a F grade for Quality, in sync with its negative gross profit margin, ROE and ROA. It has a F grade for Stability as well.

Beyond what we’ve stated above, we’ve also given MOTS grades for Momentum, Sentiment, and growth. Get all the MOTS ratings here.

MOTS is ranked #168 of 181 stocks in the C-rated Medical – Devices & Equipment industry.

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Bottom Line

Although now in operation for  five years, MOTS has still not been able to generate profits and its EPS is expected to remain negative in the coming quarters. Having a market capitalization of $64.98 million, the company relies heavily on its Pure-Vu system, but it’s not certain if the company will be able to survive growing competition in the healthcare space with this system alone.  So, we think it’s wise to avoid the stock now.

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MOTS shares were trading at $1.24 per share on Monday morning, down $0.15 (-10.91%). Year-to-date, MOTS has gained 30.80%, versus a 12.27% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.


About the Author: Manisha Chatterjee


Since she was young, Manisha has had a strong interest in the stock market. She majored in Economics in college and has a passion for writing, which has led to her career as a research analyst. More...


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