Cascade Microtech (CSCD) vs. Its Peers Financial Review

Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ: CSCD) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Cascade Microtech to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cascade Microtech and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Cascade Microtech N/A N/A 30.36
Cascade Microtech Competitors $533.28 million $58.26 million 141.47

Cascade Microtech’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech. Cascade Microtech is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Cascade Microtech and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cascade Microtech 0 0 1 0 3.00
Cascade Microtech Competitors 55 415 511 11 2.48

Cascade Microtech currently has a consensus price target of $15.50, indicating a potential downside of 29.09%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 32.34%. Given Cascade Microtech’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cascade Microtech is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.1% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cascade Microtech and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cascade Microtech 5.72% 7.19% 5.97%
Cascade Microtech Competitors -5.45% 2.60% -1.01%

Risk and Volatility

Cascade Microtech has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cascade Microtech’s peers have a beta of 0.80, suggesting that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cascade Microtech beats its peers on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

About Cascade Microtech

Cascade Microtech, Inc. is a designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of wafer probing, thermal and reliability solutions for the electrical measurement and testing of semiconductor devices. The Company operates in two business segments: Systems and Probes. The Systems business segment is engaged in the sale of probe stations, thermal subsystems and reliability test systems. The Probes segment is engaged in the sale of analytical probes and production probe cards. The Company designs, manufactures and sells multiple product lines, including probe stations, thermal subsystems, reliability test systems, analytical probes, production probe cards, and various services and accessories. Probing systems are used in the development of semiconductor processes and designs. The 1164 Reliability Test System is a modular and scalable test platform that can be used in a range of reliability test applications.

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