Chart Industries (NASDAQ: GTLS) and Rudolph Technologies (NYSE:RTEC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Chart Industries and Rudolph Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chart Industries 3.45% 5.56% 3.20%
Rudolph Technologies 12.62% 10.33% 8.45%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.9% of Chart Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.7% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Chart Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chart Industries and Rudolph Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chart Industries $869.49 million 1.24 $92.63 million $0.96 36.71
Rudolph Technologies $239.10 million 3.27 $47.07 million $0.95 26.16

Chart Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Rudolph Technologies. Rudolph Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chart Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Chart Industries and Rudolph Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chart Industries 0 5 3 0 2.38
Rudolph Technologies 1 0 4 0 2.60

Chart Industries currently has a consensus price target of $39.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.67%. Rudolph Technologies has a consensus price target of $27.25, suggesting a potential upside of 9.66%. Given Chart Industries’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Chart Industries is more favorable than Rudolph Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Chart Industries has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rudolph Technologies has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Chart Industries Company Profile

Chart Industries, Inc. is a diversified global manufacturer of engineered equipment, packaged solutions, and value-add services used throughout the industrial gas, energy and biomedical industries. The Company operates through three business segments: Energy & Chemicals (E&C), Distribution & Storage (D&S) and BioMedical. The E&C and D&S segments manufacture products used in energy-related and industrial applications, such as the separation, liquefaction, distribution and storage of hydrocarbon and industrial gases. Through the BioMedical segment, it manufactures and supplies medical devices, including cryogenic and non-cryogenic equipment, used in respiratory healthcare. The Company also manufactures and supplies products for life sciences, including biological research and animal breeding. Applications in the BioMedical segment include Respiratory Therapy, Life Sciences, Commercial Oxygen and Nitrogen Generation.

Rudolph Technologies Company Profile

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Rudolph) is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and support of process control defect inspection and metrology, advanced packaging lithography, and data analysis systems and software used by microelectronics device manufacturers. The Company provides process and yield management solutions used in both wafer processing and final manufacturing through a family of standalone systems for macro-defect inspection, lithography, probe card test and analysis, and transparent and opaque thin film measurements. It offers Process Control Business, Lithography Business and Integrated Software Solutions. Rudolph markets and sells products to logic, memory, data storage, flat panel, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) device and packaging manufacturers. Its products include AMX 6000 Series, Explorer Inspection Platform, MetaPULSE System, Wafer Scanner Inspection System, GateWay Software, Yield Optimizer Software and Process Sentinel Software.

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