Allied Motion Technologies (NASDAQ: AMOT) and Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ:CSCD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Allied Motion Technologies and Cascade Microtech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Allied Motion Technologies 3.41% 10.65% 4.45%
Cascade Microtech 5.72% 7.19% 5.97%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Allied Motion Technologies and Cascade Microtech, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Allied Motion Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cascade Microtech 0 0 4 0 3.00

Cascade Microtech has a consensus target price of $15.08, indicating a potential downside of 31.13%. Given Cascade Microtech’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cascade Microtech is more favorable than Allied Motion Technologies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.4% of Allied Motion Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 30.8% of Allied Motion Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Allied Motion Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Cascade Microtech does not pay a dividend. Allied Motion Technologies pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Allied Motion Technologies and Cascade Microtech’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Allied Motion Technologies $238.07 million 0.97 $26.26 million $0.88 27.80
Cascade Microtech N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Allied Motion Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech.

About Allied Motion Technologies

Allied Motion Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures and sells precision and specialty motion control components and systems used in a range of industries. The Company serves various markets, including vehicle, medical, aerospace and defense, electronics and industrial. It focuses on motion control applications. It is engaged in developing electro-magnetic, mechanical and electronic motion technology. It operates in the design and manufacture of motion control products, marketed to original equipment manufacturers and end users segment. Its products are used in the handling, inspection, and testing of components and final products, such as printers, tunable lasers and spectrum analyzers for the fiber optic industry, and test and processing equipment for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Its products are used in a range of medical, industrial and commercial aviation applications, such as dialysis equipment, industrial ink jet printers and cash dispensers.

About Cascade Microtech

Cascade Microtech, Inc. is a designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of wafer probing, thermal and reliability solutions for the electrical measurement and testing of semiconductor devices. The Company operates in two business segments: Systems and Probes. The Systems business segment is engaged in the sale of probe stations, thermal subsystems and reliability test systems. The Probes segment is engaged in the sale of analytical probes and production probe cards. The Company designs, manufactures and sells multiple product lines, including probe stations, thermal subsystems, reliability test systems, analytical probes, production probe cards, and various services and accessories. Probing systems are used in the development of semiconductor processes and designs. The 1164 Reliability Test System is a modular and scalable test platform that can be used in a range of reliability test applications.

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