Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO) and IPG Photonics (NASDAQ:IPGP) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Electro Scientific Industries and IPG Photonics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Electro Scientific Industries -9.00% -13.50% -8.93%
IPG Photonics 27.85% 21.17% 18.56%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Electro Scientific Industries and IPG Photonics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electro Scientific Industries $161.02 million 4.23 -$37.40 million ($0.63) -32.25
IPG Photonics $1.01 billion 12.91 $260.75 million $6.80 35.64

IPG Photonics has higher revenue and earnings than Electro Scientific Industries. Electro Scientific Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IPG Photonics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Electro Scientific Industries and IPG Photonics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electro Scientific Industries 0 0 3 0 3.00
IPG Photonics 0 3 6 0 2.67

Electro Scientific Industries currently has a consensus target price of $26.33, indicating a potential upside of 29.59%. IPG Photonics has a consensus target price of $172.88, indicating a potential downside of 28.66%. Given Electro Scientific Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Electro Scientific Industries is more favorable than IPG Photonics.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.3% of Electro Scientific Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.4% of IPG Photonics shares are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of Electro Scientific Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 33.8% of IPG Photonics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Electro Scientific Industries has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IPG Photonics has a beta of 1.71, meaning that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

IPG Photonics beats Electro Scientific Industries on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Electro Scientific Industries

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. and its subsidiaries supply laser-based manufacturing solutions for industries reliant on microtechnologies. The Company operates through two segments: Component Processing and Micromachining. The Component Processing segment includes interconnect products, semiconductor products and component products. The interconnect, semiconductor and component products are sold to manufacturers of electronic components and are used to drill, cut, trim, ablate and test and mark features for the functionality of the component. The Micromachining segment includes products that are sold to manufacturers of end devices across various industries and are used to drill, cut or mark features on a range of materials, generally on the casing or external surface of the end device. Its integrated solutions allow industrial designers and process engineers to control the power of laser light to transform materials. It has operations in Asia, Europe and North America.

About IPG Photonics

IPG Photonics Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of a line of fiber lasers, fiber amplifiers, diode lasers, laser systems and optical accessories that are used for various applications. The Company offers a line of lasers and amplifiers, which are used in materials processing, communications and medical applications. The Company sells its products globally to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators and end users. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, Germany and Russia. The Company offers laser-based systems for certain markets and applications. Its products are designed to be used as general-purpose energy or light sources. Its product line includes High-Power Ytterbium CW (1,000-100,000 Watts), Mid-Power Ytterbium CW (100-999 Watts), Pulsed Ytterbium (0.1 to 200 Watts), Pulsed and CW, Quasi-CW Ytterbium (100-4,500 Watts), Erbium Amplifiers and Transceivers.

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