Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ: CSCD) and Chart Industries (NASDAQ:GTLS) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cascade Microtech and Chart Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cascade Microtech 0 0 4 0 3.00
Chart Industries 0 6 3 0 2.33

Cascade Microtech currently has a consensus price target of $15.08, suggesting a potential downside of 31.13%. Chart Industries has a consensus price target of $40.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.80%. Given Chart Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Chart Industries is more favorable than Cascade Microtech.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.9% of Chart Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Chart Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cascade Microtech and Chart Industries’ 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
Chart Industries $860.61 million 1.37 $68.59 million $0.37 103.46

Chart Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech.

Profitability

This table compares Cascade Microtech and Chart Industries’ 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%
Chart Industries 1.35% 3.28% 1.89%

Summary

Cascade Microtech beats Chart Industries on 5 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 Chart Industries

Chart Industries, Inc. is a diversified global manufacturer of engineered equipment, packaged solutions, and value-add services used throughout the industrial gas, energy and biomedical industries. The Company operates through three business segments: Energy & Chemicals (E&C), Distribution & Storage (D&S) and BioMedical. The E&C and D&S segments manufacture products used in energy-related and industrial applications, such as the separation, liquefaction, distribution and storage of hydrocarbon and industrial gases. Through the BioMedical segment, it manufactures and supplies medical devices, including cryogenic and non-cryogenic equipment, used in respiratory healthcare. The Company also manufactures and supplies products for life sciences, including biological research and animal breeding. Applications in the BioMedical segment include Respiratory Therapy, Life Sciences, Commercial Oxygen and Nitrogen Generation.

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