National Instruments (NASDAQ: NATI) and Mirage Energy (NASDAQ:MRGE) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation.
National Instruments pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Mirage Energy does not pay a dividend. National Instruments pays out 103.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
This table compares National Instruments and Mirage Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|National Instruments||$1.23 billion||4.46||$82.73 million||$0.81||51.77|
National Instruments has higher revenue and earnings than Mirage Energy. Mirage Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Instruments, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
78.0% of National Instruments shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.9% of National Instruments shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for National Instruments and Mirage Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
National Instruments currently has a consensus target price of $40.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.60%.
This table compares National Instruments and Mirage Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
National Instruments beats Mirage Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
National Instruments Company Profile
National Instruments Corporation (NI) designs, manufactures and sells systems to engineers and scientists. The Company offers a line of measurement, automation and control products. It offers products, technology and services, which include system design software, programming tools, application software, modular hardware products and related driver software, production test systems, NI education platform, software products for teaching and hardware products for teaching. It also offers NI Services, including hardware services and maintenance, software maintenance services, and training and certification. Its products are used across various industries in a range of applications, including research and development, simulation and modeling, prototype and validation, production testing and industrial control and field and factory service and repair. It serves various industries and applications, such as consumer electronics, commercial aerospace, telecommunications and others.
Mirage Energy Company Profile
Merge Healthcare Incorporated develops software solutions that facilitate the sharing of images. The Company operates through two segments: Merge Healthcare and Merge DNA. The Company’s Merge Healthcare segment markets, sells and implements interoperability, imaging and clinical solutions to healthcare providers. The Company’s Merge DNA (Data and Analytics) segment focuses on the marketing and sale of data capture software for clinical trials and related solutions. The Merge Healthcare segment offers licensing of software (including upgrades), the sale of hardware, professional services, maintenance and electronic data interchange (EDI) services. The Merge DNA segment offers on-premise licensing and hosting arrangements, and professional services.
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