Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) and Mattson Technology (NASDAQ:MTSN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fortive Corporation and Mattson Technology’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortive Corporation $6.28 billion 3.52 $1.47 billion $2.55 25.04
Mattson Technology N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Fortive Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Mattson Technology.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Fortive Corporation and Mattson Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortive Corporation 0 10 7 0 2.41
Mattson Technology 0 1 0 0 2.00

Fortive Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $58.46, indicating a potential downside of 8.44%. Mattson Technology has a consensus price target of $38.00, indicating a potential upside of 955.56%. Given Mattson Technology’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Mattson Technology is more favorable than Fortive Corporation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.0% of Fortive Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Fortive Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Mattson Technology does not pay a dividend. Fortive Corporation pays out 11.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Fortive Corporation and Mattson Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortive Corporation 14.16% 34.24% 11.13%
Mattson Technology -13.95% -18.69% -13.50%


Fortive Corporation beats Mattson Technology on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fortive Corporation

Fortive Corporation is a diversified industrial growth company. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets professional and engineered products, software and services for a range of end markets. The Company operates through two segments: Professional Instrumentation and Industrial Technologies. The Company’s brands operate in field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution markets. The Professional Instrumentation segment offers essential products, software and services used to create actionable intelligence by measuring and monitoring a range of physical parameters in industrial applications, including electrical current, radio frequency signals, distance, pressure and temperature. The Industrial Technologies segment offers critical technical equipment, components, software and services for manufacturing, repair and transportation markets around the world.

About Mattson Technology

Mattson Technology, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides a global semiconductor wafer processing equipment. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting semiconductor wafer processing equipment, which uses in the fabrication of integrated circuits. It operates in four product sectors: dry strip, etch, conventional rapid thermal processing and millisecond anneal. It is a supplier of dry strip and rapid thermal processing (RTP) equipment for processing to semiconductor manufactures across the world for the fabrication of various devices. It offers its technology to provide capital equipment that deliver processing capability for integrated circuit fabrication to its customers. Its product support offerings include product specific upgrade kits, labor and parts, labor bank program and process engineering services. Its designing and manufacturing centers are located in the United States, Canada and Germany.

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