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RMD and CSL Limited: 2 ASX shares to dig into

The Resmed CDI (ASX:RMD) share price has decreased 23.1% since the start of the 2023. The CSL Limited (ASX:CSL) share price is tracking 18% off its 52-week lows.

RMD share price

Resmed was founded in 1989 by Peter Farrell in Australia but is now based in San Diego, California. It is a medical equipment company that provides cloud-connectable continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machines for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If Resmed’s name or financial reports look different it’s because Resmed’s ASX shares are CDIs and its primary listing is the NYSE.

Resmed operates on a global scale, with 10,000+ employees and a presence in over 140 countries. It has two primary business units: Sleep and Respiratory Care, and Software as a Service (SaaS). Within Sleep and Respiratory Care, ResMed provides industry-leading CPAP machines for sleep apnea. Other devices are often marketed in this space but CPAP is the most effective therapy for all severities of OSA. The Respiratory Care unit covers patients ranging from those who only require therapy from CPAP systems at night to those who are dependent on non-invasive or invasive ventilation for life-support. Within the SaaS unit Resmed providers that assists durable or home medical equipment (DME/HME). Basically, it assists in out-of-hospital care.

Due to Resmed’s large digital health network powered by its cloud-connected devices, Resmed can leverage its industry-leading hardware (e.g. masks and humidifiers) and its SaaS data to drive insights, improve outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs.

CSL share price

CSL is a global biotechnology company that develops and delivers innovative medicines that save lives, protect public health and help people with life-threatening medical conditions live full lives.

The company is divided into three main business units: CSL Behring, CSL Seqirus and CSL Vifor. Behring, acquired in 2004, manufactures and distributes blood plasma products. Seqirus was formed by a rebranding of BioCSL and the acquired Novartis flu business (bought in 2015) makes flu-related products and performs pandemic-related services for Governments. Finally, Vifor makes products for iron deficiency and nephrology (renal/kidney care).

Share price valuation

As a growth company, the way to put a rough guesstimate on the RMD share price could be to compare its price-to-sales multiple over time. Currently, Resmed CDI shares have a price-sales ratio of 3.57x, which compares to its 5-year average of 7.81x, meaning its shares are trading below their historical average. Please keep in mind that context is important – and this is just one valuation technique. I wouldn’t make a decision based on one metric.

Since it is a more mature-style business, the CSL share price is offering a historical dividend yield of around 1.40%, which compares to its 5-year average of 1.24%. The Rask websites, especially our Rask Education platform, offer free tutorials explaining Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) and Dividend Discount Models (DDM). Both of these models would be a better way to value the CSL share price.

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