Intevac (NASDAQ: IVAC) and Lydall (NYSE:LDL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Intevac and Lydall, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intevac 0 2 3 0 2.60
Lydall 0 1 1 0 2.50

Intevac currently has a consensus price target of $14.25, indicating a potential upside of 57.46%. Lydall has a consensus price target of $63.00, indicating a potential upside of 35.05%. Given Intevac’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Intevac is more favorable than Lydall.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intevac and Lydall’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intevac $112.89 million 1.75 $10.04 million $0.24 37.71
Lydall $640.28 million 1.26 $92.46 million $2.45 19.04

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

Profitability

This table compares Intevac and Lydall’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intevac 4.68% 7.29% 4.98%
Lydall 6.56% 17.43% 9.51%

Volatility & Risk

Intevac has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lydall has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.7% of Intevac shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.4% of Lydall shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Intevac shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of Lydall shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Lydall beats Intevac on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intevac Company Profile

Intevac, Inc. (Intevac) is a provider of vacuum deposition equipment for a range of thin-film applications, and digital night-vision technologies and products to the defense industry. The Company’s segments include Thin-film Equipment and Photonics. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and services capital equipment used to deposit thin films and lubricants onto substrates to produce magnetic disks that are used in hard disk drives. Its thin film equipment products include 200 Lean Disk Sputtering System, 200 Lean Etch and Deposition System, AccuLuber Disk Lubrication System, INTEVAC VERTEX System, INTEVAC MATRIX Implant System, ENERGi Implant System and INTEVAC MATRIX System. The Company’s photonic segment develops, manufactures and sells compact digital-optical products for the capture and display of low-light images.

Lydall Company Profile

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications. Its Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media and Arioso Membrane Composite Media.

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