Rudolph Technologies (NYSE: RTEC) and Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE:MTD) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.0% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.4% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Rudolph Technologies and Mettler-Toledo International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rudolph Technologies $232.78 million 3.58 $36.95 million $1.24 21.29
Mettler-Toledo International $2.51 billion 6.44 $384.37 million $16.48 38.34

Mettler-Toledo International has higher revenue and earnings than Rudolph Technologies. Rudolph 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Rudolph Technologies and Mettler-Toledo International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rudolph Technologies 1 0 4 0 2.60
Mettler-Toledo International 0 4 4 0 2.50

Rudolph Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.06%. Mettler-Toledo International has a consensus target price of $606.67, suggesting a potential downside of 4.00%. Given Rudolph Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Rudolph Technologies is more favorable than Mettler-Toledo International.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rudolph Technologies 15.99% 10.49% 9.03%
Mettler-Toledo International 16.44% 96.81% 19.64%

Volatility & Risk

Rudolph Technologies has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mettler-Toledo International has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Mettler-Toledo International beats Rudolph Technologies on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Rudolph Technologies

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Rudolph) is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and support of process control defect inspection and metrology, advanced packaging lithography, and data analysis systems and software used by microelectronics device manufacturers. The Company provides process and yield management solutions used in both wafer processing and final manufacturing through a family of standalone systems for macro-defect inspection, lithography, probe card test and analysis, and transparent and opaque thin film measurements. It offers Process Control Business, Lithography Business and Integrated Software Solutions. Rudolph markets and sells products to logic, memory, data storage, flat panel, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) device and packaging manufacturers. Its products include AMX 6000 Series, Explorer Inspection Platform, MetaPULSE System, Wafer Scanner Inspection System, GateWay Software, Yield Optimizer Software and Process Sentinel Software.

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.

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