Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) and Blackline (NASDAQ:BL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Materialise and Blackline’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Materialise 0.19% 0.41% 0.14%
Blackline -17.03% -7.59% -5.19%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Materialise and Blackline, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Materialise 0 0 2 0 3.00
Blackline 1 1 3 0 2.40

Materialise presently has a consensus price target of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 38.18%. Blackline has a consensus price target of $44.25, indicating a potential downside of 20.68%. Given Materialise’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Materialise is more favorable than Blackline.

Volatility and Risk

Materialise has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blackline has a beta of -0.24, meaning that its stock price is 124% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

9.8% of Materialise shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.9% of Blackline shares are held by institutional investors. 18.6% of Blackline shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Materialise and Blackline’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Materialise $161.05 million 4.04 -$1.87 million ($0.04) -343.75
Blackline $177.03 million 17.00 -$38.06 million ($0.37) -150.78

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

Summary

Materialise beats Blackline on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Materialise

Materialise NV provides additive manufacturing software and 3D printing services in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. The company's Materialise Software segment offers proprietary software through programs and platforms that enable and enhance the functionality of 3D printers and of 3D printing operations. Its software interfaces between various types of 3D printers; and various software applications and capturing technologies, including computer-aided design packages and 3D scanners. This segment serves 3D printing machine original equipment manufacturers; manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and hearing aid industries; and 3D printing service bureaus through its sales force, Website, and third-party distributors. Its Materialise Medical segment provides medical software that allows medical-image based analysis and engineering, as well as patient-specific design of surgical devices and implants to research institutes, hospitals, and medical device companies; and clinical services. This segment has collaboration agreements with Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.; Encore Medical, L.P.; DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson; Global Orthopaedic Technology Pty Ltd; Limacorporate Spa; Mathys AG; Howmedica Osteonics Corp.; and Corin Ltd. It serves medical device companies, hospitals, universities, and industrial companies through its direct sales force, Website, and picture archiving and communication system partners. The company's Materialise Manufacturing segment primarily offers 3D printing services to industrial and commercial customers. It provides design and engineering services, and rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing of production parts; and engineers and 3D prints fixtures that allow automobile manufacturers and their suppliers to enhance the quality control and efficiency of their manufacturing processes. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium.

About Blackline

BlackLine, Inc. provides financial accounting close solutions delivered as a Software as a Service in the United States and internationally. Its solutions enables its customers to address various aspects of their financial closing process, including account reconciliations, variance analysis of account balances, and journal entry capabilities, as well as a range of data matching capabilities. The company's solutions comprise reconciliation management solution that consists of account reconciliations, transaction matching, consolidation integrity manager, and daily reconciliations; and a framework for the reconciliation process, which allows users to build integrity checks and automation into the entire end-to-end work flow. Its solutions also comprise financial close management solution that includes task management, journal entry, and variance analysis; and allows customers to manage the key steps within the close, applying automation where possible, and ensure that tasks are properly completed and reviewed. In addition, the company provides intercompany hub solution comprising intercompany workflow and processing, and netting and settlement, as well as manages the intercompany transaction lifecycle within its platform. Further, it offers a range of key performance indicators that enable clients to compare metrics across their own operating entities, set goals, and gauge their performance over time; and services, such as implementation, support, customer success, and training services. The company sells its platform, primarily through direct sales force to enterprises, mid-market companies, and multinational corporations. BlackLine, Inc. has a strategic alliance with Ernst & Young LLP to expand process automation capabilities and finance transformation services. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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