Contrasting Materialise NV (MTLS) & Stratasys (SSYS)

Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) and Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Materialise NV has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its share price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stratasys has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Materialise NV and Stratasys’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Materialise NV N/A N/A N/A ($0.03) -434.33
Stratasys $665.63 million 1.76 $30.05 million ($1.07) -20.76

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

Profitability

This table compares Materialise NV and Stratasys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Materialise NV -0.99% -1.59% -0.76%
Stratasys -8.33% 0.29% 0.24%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.5% of Materialise NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.3% of Stratasys shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Stratasys shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Materialise NV and Stratasys, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Materialise NV 0 0 4 0 3.00
Stratasys 5 9 4 0 1.94

Materialise NV presently has a consensus target price of $13.13, indicating a potential upside of 0.73%. Stratasys has a consensus target price of $24.21, indicating a potential upside of 9.02%. Given Stratasys’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Stratasys is more favorable than Materialise NV.

Summary

Stratasys beats Materialise NV on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Materialise NV 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.

Stratasys Company Profile

Stratasys, Inc. is a manufacturer of three-dimensional (3D) printers and rapid prototyping (RP) systems for the office-based RP and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells a product line of 3D printers and DDM systems (and related consumable materials) that create physical models from computer-aided design (CAD) designs. It also offer rapid prototyping and production part manufacturing services through its centers located in North America, Europe and Australia. In January 2009, the Company introduced the uPrint Personal 3D Printer. In January 2009, it began offering a thermoplastic for direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping called ULTEM 9085.

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