CyberOptics (NASDAQ: CYBE) and Camtek Intelligent Imaging (NASDAQ:CAMT) are both small-cap 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.

Risk & Volatility

CyberOptics has a beta of -0.33, indicating that its stock price is 133% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Camtek Intelligent Imaging has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Camtek Intelligent Imaging pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. CyberOptics does not pay a dividend. Camtek Intelligent Imaging pays out 53.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares CyberOptics and Camtek Intelligent Imaging’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CyberOptics 2.46% 1.75% 1.47%
Camtek Intelligent Imaging 13.54% 16.37% 11.04%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CyberOptics and Camtek Intelligent Imaging’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CyberOptics $53.33 million 2.12 $1.31 million $0.13 123.85
Camtek Intelligent Imaging $93.49 million 2.74 $13.96 million $0.26 27.38

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.8% of CyberOptics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.9% of Camtek Intelligent Imaging shares are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of CyberOptics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 79.4% of Camtek Intelligent Imaging shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for CyberOptics and Camtek Intelligent Imaging, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CyberOptics 0 0 3 0 3.00
Camtek Intelligent Imaging 0 0 3 0 3.00

CyberOptics presently has a consensus target price of $18.67, suggesting a potential upside of 15.94%. Camtek Intelligent Imaging has a consensus target price of $8.67, suggesting a potential upside of 21.72%. Given Camtek Intelligent Imaging’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Camtek Intelligent Imaging is more favorable than CyberOptics.

Summary

Camtek Intelligent Imaging beats CyberOptics on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CyberOptics

CyberOptics Corporation develops and manufactures high precision sensing technology solutions worldwide. Its sensors are being used in surface mount technology (SMT), semiconductor, and metrology markets to improve yields and productivity. The company offers multi-reflection suppression sensors for application in the SMT, semiconductor, and metrology markets; and strobe inspection modules for use in 2D automated optical inspection (AOI) systems. It also provides SMT electronic assembly alignment sensor products, including LaserAlign sensors for incorporation into pick-and-place machines; and InPrinter Inspection Camera, which identifies fiducial markings on a circuit board to ensure accurate board registration prior to placement of solder paste. In addition, the company offers 3D solder paste inspection sensors; inspection system products primarily used in the semiconductor and SMT electronic assembly industries for process control, inspection, and metrology; AOI products to inspect circuit boards after component placement; and 3D solder paste measurement machines. Further, it provides metrology products, such as CyberGage 360 and SQ3000 3D CMM, which are used as in-line or off-line metrology tools in the SMT, semiconductor, and consumer electronics manufacturing industries; and WaferSense family of products that provide measurements of critical factors in the semiconductor fabrication process. The company sells its products to the electronic assembly circuit board manufacturers, including end-user customers manufacturing their own circuit boards, original design manufacturers, electronics manufacturing service providers, and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test companies; and semiconductor DRAM and SSD memory manufacturers through independent sales representatives and distributors. CyberOptics Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Camtek Intelligent Imaging

Camtek Ltd. provides metrology and inspection equipment, and software solutions for the advanced packaging, memory, CMOS image sensors, MEMS, RF, and other segments in the semiconductors industry worldwide. The company offers automated optical inspection (AOI) and metrology systems that optically inspect and measure various types of electronic product components for defects caused during the manufacturing process, as well as to enhance production processes and yields for manufacturers in the semiconductor industry. Camtek Ltd. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Migdal Ha'emek, Israel.

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