Badger Meter (NYSE: BMI) and Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ:CSCD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.3% of Badger Meter shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Badger Meter shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Badger Meter and Cascade Microtech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Badger Meter 8.67% 13.19% 9.52%
Cascade Microtech 5.72% 7.19% 5.97%

Dividends

Badger Meter pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Cascade Microtech does not pay a dividend. Badger Meter pays out 44.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cascade Microtech has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Badger Meter and Cascade Microtech, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Badger Meter 0 2 1 0 2.33
Cascade Microtech 0 0 4 0 3.00

Badger Meter currently has a consensus price target of $44.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.63%. Cascade Microtech has a consensus price target of $15.08, indicating a potential downside of 31.13%. Given Badger Meter’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Badger Meter is more favorable than Cascade Microtech.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Badger Meter and Cascade Microtech’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Badger Meter $395.15 million 3.37 $77.75 million $1.17 39.06
Cascade Microtech N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Badger Meter has higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech.

Summary

Badger Meter beats Cascade Microtech on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Badger Meter Company Profile

Badger Meter, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of products incorporating flow measurement, control and communication solutions, serving water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers around the world. The Company’s products measure water, oil, chemicals and other fluids, provide and communicate timely measurement data. Its product lines include two categories: sales of water meters and related technologies to municipal water utilities (municipal water), and sales of meters to various industries for water and other fluids (flow instrumentation). The municipal water offering includes mechanical and ultrasonic (electronic) water meters and related technologies and services used by water utilities as the basis for generating water and wastewater. The flow instrumentation category includes the sale of meters and valves around the world to measure and control materials flowing through a pipe or pipeline, including air, steam, oil, and other liquids and gases.

Cascade Microtech Company Profile

Cascade Microtech, Inc. is a designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of wafer probing, thermal and reliability solutions for the electrical measurement and testing of semiconductor devices. The Company operates in two business segments: Systems and Probes. The Systems business segment is engaged in the sale of probe stations, thermal subsystems and reliability test systems. The Probes segment is engaged in the sale of analytical probes and production probe cards. The Company designs, manufactures and sells multiple product lines, including probe stations, thermal subsystems, reliability test systems, analytical probes, production probe cards, and various services and accessories. Probing systems are used in the development of semiconductor processes and designs. The 1164 Reliability Test System is a modular and scalable test platform that can be used in a range of reliability test applications.

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