Standex International Corporation (NYSE: SXI) and Intevac (NASDAQ:IVAC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Standex International Corporation has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intevac has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Standex International Corporation and Intevac, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Standex International Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67
Intevac 0 2 3 0 2.60

Standex International Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 23.26%. Intevac has a consensus target price of $14.25, suggesting a potential upside of 57.46%. Given Intevac’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Intevac is more favorable than Standex International Corporation.

Dividends

Standex International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Intevac does not pay a dividend. Standex International Corporation pays out 18.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Intevac has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Standex International Corporation 6.01% 14.88% 7.66%
Intevac 4.68% 7.29% 4.98%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.3% of Standex International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.7% of Intevac shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of Standex International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of Intevac shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Standex International Corporation and Intevac’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Standex International Corporation $731.94 million 1.62 $95.03 million $3.44 27.12
Intevac $112.89 million 1.75 $10.04 million $0.24 37.71

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

Summary

Standex International Corporation beats Intevac on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Standex International Corporation Company Profile

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

Intevac Company Profile

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.

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