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MAKO Surgical Corp. Message Board

  • shkozi12 shkozi12 Jun 27, 2013 1:43 PM Flag

    MAKO Surgical's (NASDAQ: MAKO) Rio surgical robot could do for arthroscopic surgery what the da Vinci

    MAKO Surgical's (NASDAQ: MAKO) Rio surgical robot could do for arthroscopic surgery what the da Vinci has done for procedures in soft tissues and organs. But where Intuitive Surgical has systems in more than 2,000 sites, MAKO has less than 200 total machines installed. And where Intuitive is very profitable (and growing that profit at a strong clip,) MAKO is burning through cash very quickly as it builds the necessary scale to become profitable, on the back of the recurring revenues generated by each procedure.

    MAKO has faced some serious headwinds over the past year as sales growth of the Rio slowed -- actually going backward at one point -- and then stabilized. The good news is machine adoption, and the rate of procedures is steadily increasing, a sign of physician and patient adoption. And while the company is still probably a year (or more) away from reaching profitability, I'm willing to take the chance that when it happens, the profits will be significant

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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    • The Motley Fool certainly has one foot in and one foot out the door. They clearly want to be able to say that they were into MAKO when / if it takes off but they aren’t ready to make a commitment at this time (not until the numbers say there’s definite growth ahead)… That’s okay, they spotted intuitive when it was below twenty but didn’t commit until it was at $50 and showing signs of clear growth. They may have missed a few bags on that one but have enjoyed many since. Personally I find it hard to hold companies while they are foundering sideways but find it even harder to get back in once I’ve already sold them and they are starting to show growth. Clearly the key is to be in the right place at the right time and then be prepared to buy after signs of strength. Then again, if the technology is right, the Buffett approach of buy and hold can turn a few good picks into enormous winners. Right now I’m holding MAKO; almost every day I consider buying more at these levels but I sure would like to see some more product sales before doing so.

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