Head to Head Survey: Clearsign Combustion (CLIR) & Rudolph Technologies (RTEC)

Clearsign Combustion (NASDAQ:CLIR) and Rudolph Technologies (NYSE:RTEC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.


This table compares Clearsign Combustion and Rudolph Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearsign Combustion N/A -87.23% -74.90%
Rudolph Technologies 13.36% 13.13% 11.33%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Clearsign Combustion and Rudolph Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearsign Combustion $540,000.00 77.02 -$9.68 million N/A N/A
Rudolph Technologies $255.10 million 2.65 $32.90 million $1.04 20.40

Rudolph Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Clearsign Combustion.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

12.4% of Clearsign Combustion shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.1% of Rudolph Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Clearsign Combustion shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Rudolph Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Clearsign Combustion has a beta of -0.13, indicating that its stock price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rudolph Technologies has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Clearsign Combustion and Rudolph Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearsign Combustion 0 0 0 0 N/A
Rudolph Technologies 0 0 4 0 3.00

Rudolph Technologies has a consensus target price of $32.25, suggesting a potential upside of 51.98%. Given Rudolph Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Rudolph Technologies is more favorable than Clearsign Combustion.


Rudolph Technologies beats Clearsign Combustion on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clearsign Combustion Company Profile

ClearSign Combustion Corporation designs and develops technologies to enhance emission and operational performance, energy efficiency, and overall cost-effectiveness of combustion systems in the United States. Its Duplex, Duplex Plug & Play, and Electrodynamic Combustion Control platform technologies enhance the performance of combustion systems in a range of markets, including energy, commercial/industrial boiler, chemical, petrochemical, and power industries. ClearSign Combustion Corporation was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Rudolph Technologies Company Profile

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and supports process control defect inspection and metrology, advanced packaging lithography, and data analysis systems and software used in microelectronic device manufacturing. The company also offers process and yield management solutions used in wafer processing facilities, and device packaging and test facilities manufacturing through standalone systems for macro-defect inspection, lithography, probe card test and analysis, and transparent and opaque thin film measurements. In addition, it provides spare parts; and software licensing services. The company markets and sells its products to analog, logic, memory, RF, CMOS Image Sensors, MEMs, and flat panel display manufacturers. Rudolph Technologies, Inc. offers its products in the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Austria, Japan, Germany, and China, as well as other European and Asian countries. The company was formerly known as Rudolph Research Corporation. Rudolph Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

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