Reviewing Hurco Companies (HURC) & Perceptron (PRCP)

Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) and Hurco Companies (NASDAQ:HURC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Perceptron and Hurco Companies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hurco Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.5% of Perceptron shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.4% of Hurco Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.0% of Perceptron shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of Hurco Companies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Perceptron has a beta of 0.48, meaning that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hurco Companies has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hurco Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Perceptron does not pay a dividend. Hurco Companies pays out 15.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perceptron and Hurco Companies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million 1.07 -$160,000.00 $0.17 51.47
Hurco Companies $243.67 million 1.26 $15.11 million $2.55 18.00

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

Profitability

This table compares Perceptron and Hurco Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perceptron 2.02% 4.91% 2.88%
Hurco Companies 6.52% 10.01% 7.18%

Summary

Hurco Companies beats Perceptron on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Perceptron Company Profile

Perceptron, Inc. develops, produces and sells a range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and three-dimensional (3D) scanning. The Company’s products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanning and advanced analysis software. The Company’s products are categorized as In-Line, Near-Line and Off-Line Measurement Solutions (Measurement Solutions); 3D Scanning Solutions, and Value Added Services. Its In-Line and Near-Line measurement solutions include AutoGauge, AutoFit, AutoScan, AutoGuide and Helix. Its Off-Line measurement solutions include Coord3 and TouchDMIS. Its 3D Scanning Solutions include ScanWorks, ScanR and WheelWorks. Its Value Added Services include training, field service, calibration, launch support services, maintenance agreements and repairs. The Company operates in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Hurco Companies Company Profile

Hurco Companies, Inc. is an industrial technology company. The Company designs, manufactures and sells computerized (Computer Numeric Control (CNC)) machine tools, consisting primarily of vertical machining centers (mills) and turning centers (lathes), to companies in the metal cutting industry. It operates in the industrial automation equipment segment. It provides software options, control upgrades, accessories and replacement parts for its products, as well as customer service and training support, and applications support. Its computerized machine tools are equipped with an integrated interactive computer control system that features its WinMax software. Its control systems are available in versions, including the Series 8200-B for tool room products and the Series 9000 offered on its vertical machining centers and bridge mills. Its Takumi machine tools models include drill and tap machines and three-axis vertical machining centers with linear guides.

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