Novanta (NASDAQ: GSIG) and CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Novanta and CTS Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Novanta N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CTS Corporation $407.12 million 1.83 $76.03 million $0.91 24.84

CTS Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Novanta.

Profitability

This table compares Novanta and CTS Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Novanta 8.39% 12.60% 7.39%
CTS Corporation 7.49% 11.54% 7.08%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Novanta and CTS Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Novanta 0 0 0 0 N/A
CTS Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33

CTS Corporation has a consensus price target of $24.50, indicating a potential upside of 8.41%. Given CTS Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CTS Corporation is more favorable than Novanta.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.4% of CTS Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of CTS Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

CTS Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Novanta does not pay a dividend. CTS Corporation pays out 17.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Novanta has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

CTS Corporation beats Novanta on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Novanta Company Profile

Novanta Inc., formerly GSI Group Inc., designs, develops, manufactures and sells precision photonic and motion control components and subsystems. The Company’s segments are Photonics, Vision and Precision Motion. The Photonics segment designs, manufactures and markets photonics-based solutions, including carbon dioxide (CO2) laser sources, laser scanning and laser beam delivery products, to customers around the world. The Vision Technologies segment designs, manufactures and markets a range of medical grade technologies, including visualization solutions, imaging informatics products, optical data collection and machine vision technologies, radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, and thermal printers, to customers around the world. The Company’s Precision Motion segment designs, manufactures and markets optical encoders, precision motors and other motion control technology, air bearing spindles and precision machined components to customers around the world.

CTS Corporation Company Profile

CTS Corporation is a manufacturer of sensors, electronic components and actuators. The Company designs, manufactures and sells a line of sensors, electronic components and actuators primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the transportation, industrial, medical, information technology, defense and aerospace, and communications markets. It operates manufacturing facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Its products perform specific electronic functions for a given product family and are intended for use in customer assemblies. The Company’s products consist principally of sensors and actuators used in passenger or commercial vehicles; electronic components used in communications infrastructure, information technology and other high-speed applications; switches and potentiometers supplied to multiple markets, and fabricated piezoelectric materials and substrates used primarily in medical, industrial, defense and aerospace, and information technology markets.

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