Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ: CSCD) is one of 28 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Cascade Microtech to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Cascade Microtech has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cascade Microtech’s competitors have a beta of 0.80, meaning that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Cascade Microtech and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cascade Microtech 0 0 1 0 3.00
Cascade Microtech Competitors 55 414 510 10 2.48

Cascade Microtech presently has a consensus target price of $15.50, suggesting a potential downside of 29.09%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 28.39%. Given Cascade Microtech’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cascade Microtech has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

58.1% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cascade Microtech and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Cascade Microtech N/A N/A 30.36
Cascade Microtech Competitors $554.48 million $61.00 million 134.56

Cascade Microtech’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech. Cascade Microtech is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Cascade Microtech and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cascade Microtech 5.72% 7.19% 5.97%
Cascade Microtech Competitors -5.68% 2.27% -1.23%

Summary

Cascade Microtech beats its competitors on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

Cascade Microtech Company Profile

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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