Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE: MTD) and Keysight Technologies (NYSE:KEYS) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Mettler-Toledo International and Keysight Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mettler-Toledo International 0 3 3 0 2.50
Keysight Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80

Mettler-Toledo International presently has a consensus price target of $541.25, suggesting a potential downside of 13.34%. Keysight Technologies has a consensus price target of $47.11, suggesting a potential upside of 15.02%. Given Keysight Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Keysight Technologies is more favorable than Mettler-Toledo International.

Volatility & Risk

Mettler-Toledo International has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Keysight Technologies has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.1% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.1% of Keysight Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Keysight Technologies 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.

Profitability

This table compares Mettler-Toledo International and Keysight Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mettler-Toledo International 16.60% 95.28% 19.80%
Keysight Technologies 7.58% 20.85% 8.06%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mettler-Toledo International and Keysight Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mettler-Toledo International $2.61 billion 6.14 $631.03 million $16.26 38.41
Keysight Technologies $3.06 billion 2.48 $550.00 million $1.33 30.80

Mettler-Toledo International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Keysight Technologies. Keysight Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mettler-Toledo International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Mettler-Toledo International beats Keysight Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mettler-Toledo International

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company operates through five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations and Other. The Company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics and food retailing applications. The Company is also a provider of analytical instruments for use in life science, reaction engineering and real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development, and process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, the Company is also a supplier of end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries. The Company serves food and beverage producers; food retailers; chemical, specialty chemicals and cosmetics companies, and the transportation and logistics industry, among others.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. is a measurement company engaged in providing electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries. The Company provides electronic design and test instruments and systems and related software, software design tools and related services that are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronics equipment. The Company operates through three segments: Communications Solutions Group (CSG), Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG) and Services Solutions Group (SSG). The CSG and EISG segments provide electronic design and test software, instruments, and systems used in the simulation, design, validation, manufacturing, installation and optimization of electronic equipment. The SSG segment provides integrated service solutions, including repair and calibration services, professional services and remanufactured equipment.

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