Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) and Novanta (NASDAQ:GSIG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Novanta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -34.18% -30.83% -21.80%
Novanta 8.39% 12.60% 7.39%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Novanta’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $115.70 million 1.77 -$19.60 million ($1.19) -4.66
Novanta N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Novanta has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Maxwell Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

45.9% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Maxwell Technologies and Novanta, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 4 1 0 2.20
Novanta 0 0 0 0 N/A

Maxwell Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 17.33%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than Novanta.

Summary

Maxwell Technologies beats Novanta on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products. The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. It designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers. The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules.

About Novanta

Novanta Inc., formerly GSI Group Inc., designs, develops, manufactures and sells precision photonic and motion control components and subsystems. The Company’s segments are Photonics, Vision and Precision Motion. The Photonics segment designs, manufactures and markets photonics-based solutions, including carbon dioxide (CO2) laser sources, laser scanning and laser beam delivery products, to customers around the world. The Vision Technologies segment designs, manufactures and markets a range of medical grade technologies, including visualization solutions, imaging informatics products, optical data collection and machine vision technologies, radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, and thermal printers, to customers around the world. The Company’s Precision Motion segment designs, manufactures and markets optical encoders, precision motors and other motion control technology, air bearing spindles and precision machined components to customers around the world.

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