Intevac (NASDAQ: IVAC) and Manitex International (NASDAQ:MNTX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares Intevac and Manitex International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intevac 0.72% 0.91% 0.62%
Manitex International -13.20% 1.75% 0.56%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.1% of Intevac shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.4% of Manitex International shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of Intevac shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Manitex International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Intevac and Manitex International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intevac $96.85 million 2.51 $5.42 million $0.02 567.78
Manitex International $271.42 million 0.43 $5.69 million ($2.47) -2.87

Manitex International has higher revenue and earnings than Intevac. Manitex International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Intevac, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Intevac has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitex International has a beta of 2.08, suggesting that its share price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Intevac and Manitex International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intevac 0 2 2 0 2.50
Manitex International 0 0 2 0 3.00

Intevac presently has a consensus target price of $14.33, suggesting a potential upside of 26.28%. Manitex International has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 40.85%. Given Manitex International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Manitex International is more favorable than Intevac.

Summary

Intevac beats Manitex International on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intevac

Intevac, Inc. (Intevac) is a provider of vacuum deposition equipment for a range of thin-film applications, and digital night-vision technologies and products to the defense industry. The Company’s segments include Thin-film Equipment and Photonics. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and services capital equipment used to deposit thin films and lubricants onto substrates to produce magnetic disks that are used in hard disk drives. Its thin film equipment products include 200 Lean Disk Sputtering System, 200 Lean Etch and Deposition System, AccuLuber Disk Lubrication System, INTEVAC VERTEX System, INTEVAC MATRIX Implant System, ENERGi Implant System and INTEVAC MATRIX System. The Company’s photonic segment develops, manufactures and sells compact digital-optical products for the capture and display of low-light images.

About Manitex International

Manitex International, Inc. is a provider of engineered specialty lifting and loading products. The Company operates in three business segments: the Lifting Equipment segment, the A.S.V., LLC (ASV) segment and the Equipment Distribution segment. Through its Lifting Equipment segment, the Company designs, manufactures and distributes a diverse group of products that serve various functions and are used in a range of industries. In the ASV segment, the Company manufactures a line of compact rubber tracked and skid steer loaders. In the Equipment Distribution segment, the Company markets products used primarily for infrastructure development and commercial construction applications that include road and bridge construction, general contracting, roofing, scrap handling, and sign construction and maintenance. The Company, through its subsidiary Manitex, Inc., markets a line of boom trucks, truck cranes and sign cranes.

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