CyberOptics Corporation (NASDAQ: CYBE) and CUI Global (NASDAQ:CUI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.1% of CyberOptics Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of CUI Global shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of CyberOptics Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of CUI Global shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

CyberOptics Corporation has a beta of -0.39, meaning that its stock price is 139% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CUI Global has a beta of 0.34, meaning that its stock price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CyberOptics Corporation and CUI Global’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CyberOptics Corporation $56.82 million 1.80 $5.03 million $1.13 12.96
CUI Global $83.00 million 0.92 -$6.25 million ($0.39) -9.31

CyberOptics Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than CUI Global. CUI Global is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CyberOptics Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares CyberOptics Corporation and CUI Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CyberOptics Corporation 14.32% 5.94% 4.85%
CUI Global -10.29% -16.61% -9.84%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for CyberOptics Corporation and CUI Global, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CyberOptics Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
CUI Global 0 0 3 0 3.00

CyberOptics Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $35.00, suggesting a potential upside of 138.91%. CUI Global has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 147.93%. Given CUI Global’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CUI Global is more favorable than CyberOptics Corporation.

Summary

CyberOptics Corporation beats CUI Global on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

CyberOptics Corporation Company Profile

Cyberoptics Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of sensing technology solutions. The Company’s products and services are used in the surface mount technology (SMT), semiconductor and three dimensional (3D) scanning solutions and services markets. Its products are sold into the electronics assembly, dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and flash memory, and semiconductor fabrication capital equipment markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells non-contact sensors and systems for process control and inspection, and general purpose metrology. The Company’s product offerings are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end user customers in the SMT circuit board assembly, semiconductor and general-purpose metrology markets. Its OEMs incorporate the Company’s sensor offerings into capital equipment serving these industries. The Company also sells standalone inspection systems that are sold directly to circuit board assembly companies.

CUI Global Company Profile

CUI Global, Inc. is a platform company. The Company’s segments include Power and Electromechanical, Energy and Other. The Power and Electromechanical segment includes its subsidiaries, CUI, Inc. (CUI), CUI Japan and CUI-Canada, Inc., which provide electromechanical components, including power supplies, transformers, converters, connectors and industrial controls for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Its Power and Electro-Mechanical segment aggregates its product offerings into over two categories: components, including connectors, speakers, buzzers, test and measurement devices, and control solutions, including encoders and sensors, and power solutions. Its Energy segment includes its subsidiaries, Orbital Gas Systems Limited (Orbital) and the Orbital Gas Systems, North America, Inc., which consist of gas related test and measurement systems, including the GasPT, a natural gas inferential metering device. The Other segment includes corporate activity.

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