Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) and Crossroads Systems (NASDAQ:CRDS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Materialise NV and Crossroads Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Materialise NV 0 0 3 0 3.00
Crossroads Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Materialise NV currently has a consensus target price of $14.17, indicating a potential downside of 5.37%. Given Materialise NV’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Materialise NV is more favorable than Crossroads Systems.

Profitability

This table compares Materialise NV and Crossroads Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Materialise NV -0.99% -1.59% -0.76%
Crossroads Systems -518.75% -22.99% -7.88%

Risk and Volatility

Materialise NV has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crossroads Systems has a beta of 2.75, meaning that its share price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.9% of Materialise NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.5% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 27.4% of Crossroads Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Materialise NV and Crossroads Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Materialise NV N/A N/A N/A ($0.03) -499.00
Crossroads Systems N/A N/A N/A ($1.07) -1.78

Materialise NV is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crossroads Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Materialise NV beats Crossroads Systems on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Materialise NV Company Profile

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.

Crossroads Systems Company Profile

Crossroads Systems, Inc. is an intellectual property licensing company. The Company’s intellectual property assets are identified in two distinct categories: the first category is known as the 972 patent family and the second category is known as the non-972 patents. As of October 31, 2016, the 972 patent family consisted of 31 patents and pending patents that are primarily concentrated around access controls. As of October 31, 2016, the non-972 patents consisted of 140 patents and pending patents that are primarily directed to five product families: optimizing command processing, enabling interoperability, managing networks, enhancing tape libraries and improving data systems. As of October 31, 2016, approximately 50 companies have licensed 972 patents from the Company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Crossroads Systems (Texas), Inc. and Crossroads Europe GmbH.

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