Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) and TransAct Technologies (NASDAQ:TACT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Materialise NV and TransAct Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Materialise NV 0 0 4 0 3.00
TransAct Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Materialise NV presently has a consensus price target of $13.13, indicating a potential upside of 2.30%. TransAct Technologies has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.91%. Given TransAct Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TransAct Technologies is more favorable than Materialise NV.

Dividends

TransAct Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Materialise NV does not pay a dividend. TransAct Technologies pays out 65.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.5% of Materialise NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.8% of TransAct Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of TransAct Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Materialise NV and TransAct Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Materialise NV -0.99% -1.59% -0.76%
TransAct Technologies 7.27% 16.68% 12.81%

Volatility & Risk

Materialise NV has a beta of 1.79, suggesting that its share price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransAct Technologies has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Materialise NV and TransAct Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Materialise NV $147.89 million N/A $11.82 million ($0.03) -427.67
TransAct Technologies $55.67 million 1.34 $7.14 million $0.55 18.36

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

Summary

TransAct Technologies beats Materialise NV on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Materialise NV Company Profile

Materialise NV is a Belgium-based company engaged in the software industry. The Company is a provider of additive manufacturing software and of three dimensional (3D) printing services. Materialise NV incorporates of 3D printing experience into a range of software solution and 3D printing services, through which the Company seeks to form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Its solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build 3D printing applications. The Company operates in the domestic market and worldwide, including Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, China, Japan, Austria, Poland, Germany and France, among others.

TransAct Technologies Company Profile

TransAct Technologies Incorporated (TransAct) designs, develops and sells market-specific solutions, including printers, terminals, software and other products for transaction-based and other industries. The Company operates through the segment, which includes design, development, assembly and marketing of transaction printers and terminals, and providing printer and terminal related software, services, supplies and spare parts. Its thermal, inkjet and impact printers and terminals generate labels and transaction records, such as receipts, tickets, coupons, register journals and other documents, as well as printed logging, and plotting of oil field and well drilling data. Its products are sold under the AccuDate, Ithaca, RESPONDER, Epic, EPICENTRAL and Printrex brand names. It focuses on various markets, such as food safety, banking and point-of-sale (POS), casino and gaming, lottery and Printrex, Inc. (Printrex), which serves the oil and gas, medical and mobile printing markets.

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