EXFO (NASDAQ: EXFO) and BTU International (NASDAQ:BTUI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares EXFO and BTU International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EXFO 0.35% 5.26% 3.99%
BTU International N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for EXFO and BTU International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EXFO 0 4 1 0 2.20
BTU International 0 0 0 0 N/A

EXFO presently has a consensus price target of $5.50, indicating a potential upside of 37.50%. Given EXFO’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe EXFO is more favorable than BTU International.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares EXFO and BTU International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EXFO $243.30 million 0.90 $20.63 million $0.02 200.10
BTU International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

EXFO has higher revenue and earnings than BTU International.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

17.0% of EXFO shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.0% of EXFO shares are owned by 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.

Summary

EXFO beats BTU International on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EXFO

EXFO Inc is a Canada-based company, which provides communications service providers (CSPs) and data center, cloud and Web-scale operators with field test, service assurance and analytics solutions to ensure the deployment, maintenance and management of physical, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. It focuses on network infrastructures: fourth generation (4G)/long-term evolution (LTE), wireless backhaul, small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS), 100G network upgrades and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)/fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC)/fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployments. It offers a range of wire line and wireless tests, service assurance and analytics solutions to the global telecommunications industry. Its products include TestFlow; LTB-8 platform; a family of optical time domain reflect meters (OTDRs); iSAM; MaxTester-940 Fiber Certifier optical loss test set (OLTS) for data center and enterprise markets, and the G.fast handheld test set.

About BTU International

BTU International, Inc. (BTU) is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing of thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive and other industries. The Company operates as a single business segment called Thermal Processing Capital Equipment. It is engaged in the supply of solder reflow systems used for surface mount applications in printed circuit board assembly. The Company’s thermal processing equipment is used in low temperature curing/encapsulation, hybrid integrated circuit manufacturing, integrated circuit packaging and sealing, and processing multi-chip modules. In addition, the equipment is used for solar cell processing, sintering nuclear fuel for commercial power generation, as well as brazing and the sintering of ceramics and powdered metals. Its alternative energy business addresses two markets, the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuels.

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