Microvision (NASDAQ: MVIS) and Daktronics (NASDAQ:DAKT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Microvision and Daktronics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Microvision 0 0 3 0 3.00
Daktronics 0 0 2 0 3.00

Microvision presently has a consensus price target of $3.83, indicating a potential upside of 66.67%. Daktronics has a consensus price target of $12.25, indicating a potential upside of 27.74%. Given Microvision’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Microvision is more favorable than Daktronics.

Risk and Volatility

Microvision has a beta of 0.05, indicating that its share price is 95% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Daktronics has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.1% of Microvision shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.7% of Daktronics shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Microvision shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of Daktronics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Daktronics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Microvision does not pay a dividend. Daktronics pays out 96.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Microvision and Daktronics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Microvision $9.15 million 19.19 -$19.53 million ($0.33) -6.97
Daktronics $602.12 million 0.70 $38.42 million $0.29 33.07

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

Profitability

This table compares Microvision and Daktronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Microvision -224.93% -677.56% -107.29%
Daktronics 2.20% 6.53% 3.67%

Summary

Daktronics beats Microvision on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Microvision Company Profile

Microvision, Inc. is a developer of laser beam scanning (LBS) technology. The Company markets its technology under the brand name, PicoP. It has developed PicoP scanning technology that can be adopted by its customers to create high-resolution miniature projection, and three-dimensional sensing and image capture solutions that use laser diodes as the light source. The Company offers key components for inclusion in a scanning engine, including its Micro-Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). Its PicoP scanning technology incorporates its expertise in two-dimensional MEMS, lasers, optics and electronics to create a small form factor scanning engine with lower power needs. It licenses PicoP scanning technology to original design manufacturers (ODMs) or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Its technology creates a platform that can support multiple applications and markets, including enterprise, medical, industrial and automotive.

Daktronics Company Profile

Daktronics, Inc. is a supplier of electronic scoreboards, electronic display systems, digital messaging solutions, software and services for sporting, commercial and transportation applications. The Company operates through five segments: Commercial, Live Events, High School Park and Recreation, Transportation, and International. The Company offers a range of products, from small scoreboards and electronic displays to video display systems, as well as related control, timing and sound systems. It designs, markets, manufactures, installs and services integrated systems displaying real-time data, graphics, animation and video. Its product families include video displays, scoreboards and timing systems, message displays, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) dynamic message signs, space availability displays, audio systems, advertising displays, digit and price displays and digital messaging systems.

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