Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ: CSCD) and Perceptron (NASDAQ:PRCP) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.9% of Perceptron shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.3% of Perceptron shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Cascade Microtech and Perceptron, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cascade Microtech 1 0 4 0 2.60
Perceptron 0 0 2 0 3.00

Cascade Microtech currently has a consensus price target of $13.31, suggesting a potential downside of 39.21%. Perceptron has a consensus price target of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 15.02%. Given Perceptron’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Perceptron is more favorable than Cascade Microtech.

Profitability

This table compares Cascade Microtech and Perceptron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cascade Microtech 5.72% 7.19% 5.97%
Perceptron -21.55% 2.32% 1.34%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cascade Microtech and Perceptron’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cascade Microtech N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Perceptron $74.37 million 0.94 $4.99 million ($1.70) -4.35

Perceptron has higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech.

Summary

Perceptron beats Cascade Microtech on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cascade Microtech Company Profile

Cascade Microtech, Inc. is a designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of wafer probing, thermal and reliability solutions for the electrical measurement and testing of semiconductor devices. The Company operates in two business segments: Systems and Probes. The Systems business segment is engaged in the sale of probe stations, thermal subsystems and reliability test systems. The Probes segment is engaged in the sale of analytical probes and production probe cards. The Company designs, manufactures and sells multiple product lines, including probe stations, thermal subsystems, reliability test systems, analytical probes, production probe cards, and various services and accessories. Probing systems are used in the development of semiconductor processes and designs. The 1164 Reliability Test System is a modular and scalable test platform that can be used in a range of reliability test applications.

Perceptron Company Profile

Perceptron, Inc. develops, produces and sells a range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and three-dimensional (3D) scanning. The Company’s products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanning and advanced analysis software. The Company’s products are categorized as In-Line, Near-Line and Off-Line Measurement Solutions (Measurement Solutions); 3D Scanning Solutions, and Value Added Services. Its In-Line and Near-Line measurement solutions include AutoGauge, AutoFit, AutoScan, AutoGuide and Helix. Its Off-Line measurement solutions include Coord3 and TouchDMIS. Its 3D Scanning Solutions include ScanWorks, ScanR and WheelWorks. Its Value Added Services include training, field service, calibration, launch support services, maintenance agreements and repairs. The Company operates in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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