Identiv (NASDAQ: INVE) and Materialise NV (NASDAQ:MTLS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Identiv and Materialise NV, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Identiv 0 1 1 0 2.50
Materialise NV 0 0 4 0 3.00

Identiv currently has a consensus target price of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 67.98%. Materialise NV has a consensus target price of $12.63, suggesting a potential downside of 6.62%. Given Identiv’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Identiv is more favorable than Materialise NV.

Profitability

This table compares Identiv and Materialise NV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Identiv -9.56% -128.41% -12.95%
Materialise NV -0.59% -0.88% -0.44%

Risk and Volatility

Identiv has a beta of -0.57, indicating that its share price is 157% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Materialise NV has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its share price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Identiv and Materialise NV’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Identiv $57.08 million 0.99 -$990,000.00 ($0.50) -10.12
Materialise NV $139.23 million 4.60 $9.97 million ($0.02) -676.00

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.8% of Identiv shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.1% of Materialise NV shares are held by institutional investors. 12.3% of Identiv shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Materialise NV beats Identiv on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Identiv

Identiv, Inc. is a global security technology company. The Company operates through four segments: Physical access control systems (PACS), Identity, Credentials and All Other. PACS segment provides solutions and services that enable the issuance, management and use of secure identity credentials in diverse markets. PACS business offers Hirsch line of controllers, including the advanced MX line, Hirsch’s Velocity management software and its Identiv connected physical access manager software, EDGE controller and reader package. Identity segment offers products to secure enterprise information, including login and printers through delivery of smart card reader products and identity management through its idOnDemand service. Credentials segment offers access cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communication products, including cards, labels, tags and stickers, as well as RF components. All Other segment includes products, such as Chipdrive and Digital Media readers.

About Materialise NV

Materialise NV is a Belgium-based company engaged in the software industry. The Company is a provider of additive manufacturing software and of three dimensional (3D) printing services. Materialise NV incorporates of 3D printing experience into a range of software solution and 3D printing services, through which the Company seeks to form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Its solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build 3D printing applications. The Company operates in the domestic market and worldwide, including Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, China, Japan, Austria, Poland, Germany and France, among others.

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