Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) and BTU International (NASDAQ:BTUI) are both small-cap testing & measuring equipment companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Vishay Precision Group and BTU International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vishay Precision Group||$224.93 million||1.67||$6.40 million||$0.96||29.43|
Risk & Volatility
Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BTU International has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Vishay Precision Group and BTU International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Vishay Precision Group||5.35%||7.52%||4.79%|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
79.8% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings for Vishay Precision Group and BTU International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Vishay Precision Group||0||0||1||0||3.00|
Vishay Precision Group currently has a consensus target price of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.73%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than BTU International.
Vishay Precision Group beats BTU International on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
Vishay Precision Group Company Profile
Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sensors and sensor-based measurement systems, as well as specialty resistors and strain gages. The Company operates through three business segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. Its Foil Technology Products segment includes foil resistor and strain gage operating segments. The Foil Technology Products segment’s brands include Alpha Electronics, Micro-Measurements, Powertron and Vishay Foil Resistors. The Force Sensors segment includes load cells and force measurement transducers that are offered as precision sensors for industrial and commercial use. The Weighing and Control Systems segment designs and manufactures systems that consists of load cells and instrumentation for weighing and force control/measurement for a range of uses, including on-board weighing and overload monitor systems. The segment’s brands include BLH Nobel, KELK and VPG Onboard Weighing.
BTU International Company Profile
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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