BTU International (NASDAQ: BTUI) and Vishay Precision Group (NYSE:VPG) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.8% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by 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.

Profitability

This table compares BTU International and Vishay Precision Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BTU International N/A N/A N/A
Vishay Precision Group 5.35% 7.52% 4.79%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BTU International and Vishay Precision Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BTU International N/A N/A N/A ($0.44) -5.95
Vishay Precision Group $224.93 million 1.54 $6.40 million $0.96 27.19

Vishay Precision Group has higher revenue and earnings than BTU International. BTU International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vishay Precision Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for BTU International and Vishay Precision Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BTU International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Vishay Precision Group has a consensus price target of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.77%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than BTU International.

Risk and Volatility

BTU International has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vishay Precision Group beats BTU International on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

BTU International Company Profile

BTU International, Inc. (BTU) is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing of thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive and other industries. The Company operates as a single business segment called Thermal Processing Capital Equipment. It is engaged in the supply of solder reflow systems used for surface mount applications in printed circuit board assembly. The Company’s thermal processing equipment is used in low temperature curing/encapsulation, hybrid integrated circuit manufacturing, integrated circuit packaging and sealing, and processing multi-chip modules. In addition, the equipment is used for solar cell processing, sintering nuclear fuel for commercial power generation, as well as brazing and the sintering of ceramics and powdered metals. Its alternative energy business addresses two markets, the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuels.

Vishay Precision Group Company Profile

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sensors and sensor-based measurement systems, as well as specialty resistors and strain gages. The Company operates through three business segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. Its Foil Technology Products segment includes foil resistor and strain gage operating segments. The Foil Technology Products segment’s brands include Alpha Electronics, Micro-Measurements, Powertron and Vishay Foil Resistors. The Force Sensors segment includes load cells and force measurement transducers that are offered as precision sensors for industrial and commercial use. The Weighing and Control Systems segment designs and manufactures systems that consists of load cells and instrumentation for weighing and force control/measurement for a range of uses, including on-board weighing and overload monitor systems. The segment’s brands include BLH Nobel, KELK and VPG Onboard Weighing.

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