Rudolph Technologies (NYSE: RTEC) and Mesa Laboratories (NASDAQ:MLAB) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Rudolph Technologies has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mesa Laboratories has a beta of 0.42, meaning that its share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Mesa Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Rudolph Technologies does not pay a dividend. Mesa Laboratories pays out 23.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Rudolph Technologies and Mesa Laboratories’ 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%
Mesa Laboratories 11.48% 14.77% 8.57%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Rudolph Technologies and Mesa Laboratories, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rudolph Technologies 1 0 4 0 2.60
Mesa Laboratories 0 0 0 0 N/A

Rudolph Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.18%. Given Rudolph Technologies’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Rudolph Technologies is more favorable than Mesa Laboratories.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Rudolph Technologies and Mesa Laboratories’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rudolph Technologies $232.78 million 3.27 $36.95 million $1.24 19.44
Mesa Laboratories $93.67 million 5.39 $11.18 million $2.77 48.26

Rudolph Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Mesa Laboratories. Rudolph Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mesa Laboratories, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.5% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.8% of Mesa Laboratories shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of Mesa Laboratories shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Rudolph Technologies beats Mesa Laboratories on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Rudolph Technologies Company Profile

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.

Mesa Laboratories Company Profile

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. is focused primarily on quality control products and services. The Company operates through four segments: Instruments, Continuous Monitoring, Biological Indicators and Cold Chain. The Instruments Division designs, manufactures and markets quality control instruments and disposable products. Its Biological Indicators Division provides testing services, along with the manufacturing and marketing of biological indicators and distribution of chemical indicators used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes. Its Continuous Monitoring Division designs, develops and markets systems, which are used to monitor various environmental parameters. Its Cold Chain Division provides parameter (primarily temperature) monitoring of products in a cold chain. The Company’s brands include DataTrace, DialyGuard, DryCal, Torqo, SureTorque, BGI, Mesa, PCD, Apex, CheckPoint, Mesa and TempTrust.

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