Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ: CRDS) and Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Crossroads Systems and Stratasys, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crossroads Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Stratasys 5 9 4 0 1.94

Stratasys has a consensus price target of $24.21, indicating a potential upside of 6.67%. Given Stratasys’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Stratasys is more favorable than Crossroads Systems.

Profitability

This table compares Crossroads Systems and Stratasys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crossroads Systems -518.75% -22.99% -7.88%
Stratasys -8.33% 0.29% 0.24%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.5% of Crossroads Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.0% of Stratasys shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.4% of Crossroads Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of Stratasys shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crossroads Systems and Stratasys’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crossroads Systems N/A N/A N/A ($1.07) -1.78
Stratasys $665.63 million 1.80 $30.05 million ($1.07) -21.21

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

Volatility & Risk

Crossroads Systems has a beta of 2.75, indicating that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stratasys has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Stratasys beats Crossroads Systems on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crossroads Systems Company Profile

Crossroads Systems, Inc. is an intellectual property licensing company. The Company’s intellectual property assets are identified in two distinct categories: the first category is known as the 972 patent family and the second category is known as the non-972 patents. As of October 31, 2016, the 972 patent family consisted of 31 patents and pending patents that are primarily concentrated around access controls. As of October 31, 2016, the non-972 patents consisted of 140 patents and pending patents that are primarily directed to five product families: optimizing command processing, enabling interoperability, managing networks, enhancing tape libraries and improving data systems. As of October 31, 2016, approximately 50 companies have licensed 972 patents from the Company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Crossroads Systems (Texas), Inc. and Crossroads Europe GmbH.

Stratasys Company Profile

Stratasys, Inc. is a manufacturer of three-dimensional (3D) printers and rapid prototyping (RP) systems for the office-based RP and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells a product line of 3D printers and DDM systems (and related consumable materials) that create physical models from computer-aided design (CAD) designs. It also offer rapid prototyping and production part manufacturing services through its centers located in North America, Europe and Australia. In January 2009, the Company introduced the uPrint Personal 3D Printer. In January 2009, it began offering a thermoplastic for direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping called ULTEM 9085.

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