Contrasting Intevac (IVAC) & GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft (GEAGY)

Intevac (NASDAQ:IVAC) and GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft (OTCMKTS:GEAGY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Intevac has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

59.5% of Intevac shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of Intevac shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft pays an annual dividend of $1.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Intevac does not pay a dividend. GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft pays out 73.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Intevac and GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intevac -7.30% -8.00% -5.63%
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft 4.21% 7.98% 3.42%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Intevac and GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intevac 0 3 1 0 2.25
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft 0 0 0 0 N/A

Intevac presently has a consensus target price of $5.83, indicating a potential upside of 25.99%. Given Intevac’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Intevac is more favorable than GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Intevac and GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intevac $112.85 million 0.94 $4.11 million $0.17 27.24
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft $5.20 billion 0.93 $274.97 million $1.39 18.17

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has higher revenue and earnings than Intevac. GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Intevac, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft beats Intevac on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intevac

Intevac, Inc. provides vacuum deposition equipment for various thin-film applications, and digital night-vision technologies and products to the defense industry in the United States, Asia, Europe, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Thin-Film Equipment and Photonics. The Thin-film Equipment segment designs, manufactures, markets, and services disk sputtering, etch and deposition, and disk lubrication systems; and offers upgrades, spares, and consumables, as well as provides process and applications support, customer training, installation, start-up assistance, and post-installation support services. It also provides INTEVAC MATRIX physical vapor deposition systems that are used in various ways in the manufacture of solar cells, including for fabricating electrical contacts and conductor, depositing reflective, and growing transparent conductive oxide layers; and INTEVAC MATRIX and ENERGi implant systems for solar photovoltaic markets. In addition, this segment offers display cover panel systems. The Photonics segment develops, manufactures, and sells digital-optical products for the capture and display of low-light images; and offers digital sensors, cameras, and systems for government applications. This segment also provides MicroVista product line of commercial compact and lightweight low-light complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor cameras, which offer high sensitivity in the ultraviolet, visible, or near infrared regions of the spectrum for use in industrial inspection, bio-medical, and scientific applications. It serves manufacturers of hard disk media, display cover panels, and solar cells, as well as the U.S. government and its agencies, allies, and contractors. The company sells its products through direct sales force and distributors. Intevac, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

About GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft focuses on the development and production of process technology and components for the food processing industry worldwide. It operates in two segments, Business Area Equipment and Business Area Solutions. The Business Area Equipment segment offers separators, valves, pumps, homogenizers, and refrigeration compressors, as well as process technology solutions for food processing and packaging applications; and dairy equipment, feeding systems, and slurry engineering solutions. The Business Area Solutions segment provides process solutions for the food and beverages, pharma, and chemical industries. The company was formerly known as mg technologies ag and changed its name to GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft in 2005. GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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