Head-To-Head Contrast: Clearsign Combustion (CLIR) & Hurco Companies (HURC)

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

Dividends

Hurco Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Clearsign Combustion does not pay a dividend. Hurco Companies has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Clearsign Combustion and Hurco Companies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearsign Combustion 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hurco Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clearsign Combustion and Hurco Companies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearsign Combustion $540,000.00 56.78 -$9.68 million N/A N/A
Hurco Companies $300.67 million 0.89 $21.49 million N/A N/A

Hurco Companies has higher revenue and earnings than Clearsign Combustion.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.9% of Clearsign Combustion shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.2% of Hurco Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Clearsign Combustion shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Hurco Companies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Clearsign Combustion and Hurco Companies’ 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%
Hurco Companies 7.15% 11.32% 7.96%

Risk and Volatility

Clearsign Combustion has a beta of 0.51, meaning that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hurco Companies has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Hurco Companies beats Clearsign Combustion on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Clearsign Combustion

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.

About Hurco Companies

Hurco Companies, Inc., an industrial technology company, designs, manufactures, and sells computerized machine tools to companies in the metal cutting industry worldwide. The company offers general purpose computerized machine tools, such as vertical machining centers and turning centers. It also provides computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools; machine tools with computer control systems; and industry standard CNC controls, including Fanuc, Siemens, Mitsubishi, or Heidenhain. In addition, the company offers Autobend, a computer control system for metal bending press brake machines; software option products for part programming; and LCM machine tool components and accessories, including CNC rotary and tilt tables, and swivel heads and electro-spindles. Further, it provides installation, warranty, operator training, and customer support services; and sells software options, computer control upgrades, accessories, and replacement parts for its products. The company serves precision tool, die, and mold manufacturers; independent job shops; and specialized short-run production applications, as well as original equipment manufacturers of new metal fabrication machine tools. It sells its products through independent agents and distributors; and direct sales and service organizations under the Hurco, Milltronics, and Takumi brands. Hurco Companies, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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