Comparing Star Equity (NASDAQ:STRR) and Semler Scientific (NASDAQ:SMLR)

Star Equity (NASDAQ:STRRGet Free Report) and Semler Scientific (NASDAQ:SMLRGet Free Report) are both small-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Star Equity and Semler Scientific, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Star Equity 0 0 0 0 N/A
Semler Scientific 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

Star Equity has a beta of 0.25, indicating that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Semler Scientific has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Star Equity and Semler Scientific’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Star Equity $112.15 million 0.14 -$5.25 million $1.48 0.66
Semler Scientific $56.69 million 5.77 $14.32 million $2.50 19.04

Semler Scientific has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Star Equity. Star Equity is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Semler Scientific, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

34.4% of Star Equity shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.6% of Semler Scientific shares are held by institutional investors. 28.8% of Star Equity shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.0% of Semler Scientific shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Star Equity and Semler Scientific’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Star Equity 32.80% 7.19% 3.44%
Semler Scientific 29.25% 30.96% 27.20%


Semler Scientific beats Star Equity on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Star Equity

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Star Equity Holdings, Inc. provides healthcare solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Diagnostic Services, Diagnostic Imaging, Construction, and Investments. It offers imaging services primarily to cardiologists, internal medicine physicians, and family practice doctors; and imaging systems, including nuclear cardiac and general purpose nuclear imaging systems to physician offices and hospitals. The company also develops, sells, and maintains solid-state gamma cameras; and provides camera maintenance contract services. In addition, it manufactures modular housing units, structural wall panels, permanent wood foundation systems, and other engineered wood products; supplies general contractors with building materials; holds real estate assets; and manages investments. The company was formerly known as Digirad Corporation and changed its name to Star Equity Holdings, Inc. in December 2020. Star Equity Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

About Semler Scientific

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Semler Scientific, Inc. provides technology solutions to improve the clinical effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare providers in the United States. The company's products include QuantaFlo, a four-minute in-office blood flow test that enables healthcare providers to use blood flow measurements as part of their examinations of a patient's vascular condition. It also offers Insulin Insights, a software program that is used by a healthcare provider to optimize outpatient insulin dosing. The company's products serve cardiologists, internists, nephrologists, endocrinologists, podiatrists, and family practitioners, as well as healthcare insurance plans, integrated delivery networks, independent physician groups, and companies contracting with the healthcare industry, such as risk assessment groups, long-term care, or remote patient monitoring organizations. It offers its products through salespersons and distributors. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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