Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ: CSCD) and Keysight Technologies (NYSE:KEYS) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cascade Microtech and Keysight Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cascade Microtech 0 0 4 0 3.00
Keysight Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80

Cascade Microtech presently has a consensus target price of $15.08, suggesting a potential downside of 31.13%. Keysight Technologies has a consensus target price of $47.11, suggesting a potential upside of 13.88%. Given Keysight Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Keysight Technologies is more favorable than Cascade Microtech.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.1% of Keysight Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Keysight Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cascade Microtech and Keysight Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share 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
Keysight Technologies $3.06 billion 2.51 $550.00 million $1.33 31.11

Keysight Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech.

Profitability

This table compares Cascade Microtech and Keysight Technologies’ 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%
Keysight Technologies 7.58% 20.85% 8.06%

Summary

Keysight Technologies beats Cascade Microtech on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cascade Microtech

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.

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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