MiX Telematics (NYSE: MIXT) and Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) are both small-cap system software companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for MiX Telematics and Materialise, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MiX Telematics 0 2 1 0 2.33
Materialise 0 0 4 0 3.00

MiX Telematics presently has a consensus price target of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.10%. Materialise has a consensus price target of $15.50, suggesting a potential upside of 19.51%. Given MiX Telematics’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe MiX Telematics is more favorable than Materialise.

Profitability

This table compares MiX Telematics and Materialise’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MiX Telematics 7.73% 8.99% 6.81%
Materialise -2.07% -3.45% -1.55%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MiX Telematics and Materialise’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MiX Telematics $114.82 million 2.25 $8.65 million $0.39 29.56
Materialise $120.67 million 5.09 -$3.34 million ($0.07) -185.26

MiX Telematics has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Materialise. Materialise is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MiX Telematics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

MiX Telematics pays an annual dividend of $0.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Materialise does not pay a dividend. MiX Telematics pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

MiX Telematics has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Materialise has a beta of 1.75, meaning that its share price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.1% of MiX Telematics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.0% of Materialise shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

MiX Telematics beats Materialise on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

MiX Telematics Company Profile

MiX Telematics Limited is a South Africa-based provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to customers. The Company’s operating segments include Africa, Europe, Americas, Middle East and Australasia, Brazil and Central Services Organization. The Company’s products and services provide enterprise fleets, small fleets and consumers with solutions for safety, risk management and security. The Company’s solutions include MiX Fleet Manager, which consists of an on-board computer, an online tracking and information portal, as well as access to fleet and driver reports and analytics; MiX SafeDrive provides In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IVMS) that monitor driver performance, identify unsafe behaviors and provide audible alerts; Matrix is focused on personal safety and consumer telematics through vehicle tracking-and-recovery products and services, and Beam-e, which is a wireless device that fits into vehicles, motorbikes or caravan.

Materialise Company Profile

Materialise NV is a Belgium-based company engaged in the software industry. The Company is a provider of additive manufacturing software and of three dimensional (3D) printing services. Materialise NV incorporates of 3D printing experience into a range of software solution and 3D printing services, through which the Company seeks to form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Its solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build 3D printing applications. The Company operates in the domestic market and worldwide, including Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, China, Japan, Austria, Poland, Germany and France, among others.

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