Reviewing Rudolph Technologies (NYSE:RTEC) & Perceptron (PRCP)

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.9% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.8% of Perceptron shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of Perceptron shares are owned by 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.

Volatility and Risk

Rudolph Technologies has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perceptron has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Rudolph Technologies and Perceptron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rudolph Technologies 13.02% 10.36% 8.87%
Perceptron -0.22% 1.00% 0.58%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Rudolph Technologies and Perceptron, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rudolph Technologies 1 0 4 0 2.60
Perceptron 0 0 1 0 3.00

Rudolph Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $27.80, suggesting a potential upside of 4.12%. Perceptron has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.13%. Given Perceptron’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Perceptron is more favorable than Rudolph Technologies.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Rudolph Technologies and Perceptron’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rudolph Technologies $243.81 million 3.45 $47.48 million $1.00 26.70
Perceptron $77.95 million 0.94 $5.79 million ($0.01) -775.00

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

Summary

Rudolph Technologies beats Perceptron on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Rudolph Technologies Company Profile

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Rudolph) is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and support of process control defect inspection and metrology, advanced packaging lithography, and data analysis systems and software used by microelectronics device manufacturers. The Company provides process and yield management solutions used in both wafer processing and final manufacturing through a family of standalone systems for macro-defect inspection, lithography, probe card test and analysis, and transparent and opaque thin film measurements. It offers Process Control Business, Lithography Business and Integrated Software Solutions. Rudolph markets and sells products to logic, memory, data storage, flat panel, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) device and packaging manufacturers. Its products include AMX 6000 Series, Explorer Inspection Platform, MetaPULSE System, Wafer Scanner Inspection System, GateWay Software, Yield Optimizer Software and Process Sentinel Software.

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.

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