Reviewing Perceptron (PRCP) & EXFO (EXFO)

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.8% of Perceptron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.0% of EXFO shares are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Perceptron shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of EXFO shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perceptron 4.70% 9.57% 5.60%
EXFO 0.35% 5.26% 3.99%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million 1.17 -$160,000.00 $0.40 24.13
EXFO $243.30 million 0.97 $850,000.00 $0.02 215.11

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Perceptron and EXFO, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 1 0 3.00
EXFO 0 4 1 0 2.20

Perceptron currently has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.74%. EXFO has a consensus target price of $5.35, suggesting a potential upside of 24.42%. Given EXFO’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe EXFO is more favorable than Perceptron.

Volatility and Risk

Perceptron has a beta of 0.38, suggesting that its stock price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EXFO has a beta of 0.43, suggesting that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Perceptron beats EXFO on 8 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.

EXFO Company Profile

EXFO Inc is a Canada-based company, which provides communications service providers (CSPs) and data center, cloud and Web-scale operators with field test, service assurance and analytics solutions to ensure the deployment, maintenance and management of physical, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. It focuses on network infrastructures: fourth generation (4G)/long-term evolution (LTE), wireless backhaul, small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS), 100G network upgrades and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)/fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC)/fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployments. It offers a range of wire line and wireless tests, service assurance and analytics solutions to the global telecommunications industry. Its products include TestFlow; LTB-8 platform; a family of optical time domain reflect meters (OTDRs); iSAM; MaxTester-940 Fiber Certifier optical loss test set (OLTS) for data center and enterprise markets, and the G.fast handheld test set.

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