Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE: MTD) and Precipio (NASDAQ:PRPO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Mettler-Toledo International and Precipio, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mettler-Toledo International 0 8 3 0 2.27
Precipio 0 0 0 0 N/A

Mettler-Toledo International currently has a consensus target price of $631.11, suggesting a potential upside of 6.70%. Given Mettler-Toledo International’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Mettler-Toledo International is more favorable than Precipio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.3% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.4% of Precipio shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.8% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of Precipio shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Mettler-Toledo International and Precipio’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mettler-Toledo International $2.73 billion 5.51 $375.97 million $17.57 33.66
Precipio $1.72 million 5.55 -$20.69 million N/A N/A

Mettler-Toledo International has higher revenue and earnings than Precipio.

Risk & Volatility

Mettler-Toledo International has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Precipio has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Mettler-Toledo International and Precipio’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mettler-Toledo International 13.50% 90.70% 19.26%
Precipio -1,166.80% -151.44% -80.44%

Summary

Mettler-Toledo International beats Precipio on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Mettler-Toledo International Company Profile

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. manufactures and supplies precision instruments and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations, and Other. It offers weighing instruments for laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics, and food retailing applications; analytical instruments for use in life science; various related analytical instruments and provides automated chemistry solutions used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development; and end-of-line product inspection systems used in production and packaging for food processing and packaging, pharmaceutical, packaged consumer goods, and other industries. Its laboratory instruments include laboratory balances, liquid pipetting solutions, automated laboratory reactors, titrators, physical value analyzers, and thermal analysis systems, as well as other analytical instruments; and LabX, a PC-based laboratory embedded software platform. The company's industrial solutions comprise industrial weighing instruments and terminals, automatic dimensional measurement and data capture solutions, vehicle scale systems, industrial software, and product inspection systems. Its retail weighing solutions consist of multiple weighing and food labeling solutions, stand-alone scales, and networked scales and software for handling fresh goods, such as meats, vegetables, fruits, and cheeses. The company serves the life science industry covering pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and independent research organizations; food and beverage producers; food retailers; chemical, specialty chemical, and cosmetics companies; transportation and logistics, metals, and electronics industries; and the academic community. The company markets its products through its direct sales force and indirect distribution channels. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. was founded in 1991 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Precipio Company Profile

Precipio, Inc. provides platform to eradicate the problem of misdiagnosis within academic institutions. The company also delivers diagnostic information to physicians and their patients. It has collaborations with academic institutions specializing in cancer research, diagnostics, and treatment. The company is based in New Haven, Connecticut.

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