Mechanical Technology (OTCMKTS:MKTY) and Abaxis (NASDAQ:ABAX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Mechanical Technology and Abaxis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mechanical Technology 14.27% 21.53% 17.23%
Abaxis N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Mechanical Technology pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 34.6%. Abaxis pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share. Abaxis has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Mechanical Technology and Abaxis, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mechanical Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Abaxis 0 3 0 0 2.00

Abaxis has a consensus price target of $62.00, suggesting a potential upside of ∞. Given Abaxis’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Abaxis is more favorable than Mechanical Technology.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.2% of Abaxis shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.4% of Mechanical Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of Abaxis shares are owned 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mechanical Technology and Abaxis’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mechanical Technology $7.06 million 1.45 $580,000.00 N/A N/A
Abaxis N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Mechanical Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Abaxis.

Summary

Mechanical Technology beats Abaxis on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mechanical Technology

Mechanical Technology, Incorporated, through its subsidiary, MTI Instruments, Inc., designs, manufactures, and markets precision linear displacement solutions, vibration measurement and system balancing solutions, precision tensile measurement systems, and wafer inspection tools worldwide. It offers electronic gauging instruments for position, displacement, and vibration applications in the industrial manufacturing/production markets, as well as the research, design, and process development market. The company also provides engine balancing and vibration analysis systems for military and commercial aircraft; metrology tools for semiconductor and solar wafer characterization; and tensile stage systems for materials testing and precision linear displacement gauges for use in academic and industrial research and development settings. It sells its precision automated manufacturing, and research and development sectors through direct sales and representatives in the Americas; and through distributors and agents in Europe and Asia, as well as axial turbo machinery directly to end users. The company serves electronics, aircraft, aerospace, automotive, semiconductor, and research industries. Mechanical Technology, Incorporated was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Albany, New York.

About Abaxis

Abaxis, Inc. develops, manufactures, markets, and sells portable blood analysis systems for use in human or veterinary patient care to provide rapid blood constituent measurements for clinicians worldwide. It operates in two segments, Medical Market and Veterinary Market. The company offers Piccolo chemistry analyzers with rapid blood constituent measurements for use in human patient care; and Piccolo profiles that are single-use medical reagents. It also provides VetScan VS2, a chemistry, electrolyte, immunoassay, and blood gas analyzer delivering results from a sample of whole blood, serum, or plasma; VetScan profiles, which are packaged as single-use plastic veterinary reagent discs; and VetScan HM5, VetScan HM2, VetScan HMII, and VetScan HMT hematology instruments, as well as reagent kits for veterinary applications. In addition, the company offers VetScan VSpro that assists the diagnosis and evaluation of suspected bleeding disorders, toxicity/poisoning, disseminated intravascular coagulation evaluation, hepatic disease, monitoring therapy, and disease progression states; VetScan VSpro coagulation test to evaluate prothrombin and the activated partial thromboplastin times; VetScan VSpro fibrinogen test for in-vitro determination of fibrinogen levels in equine platelet poor plasma from a citrated stabilized whole blood sample; i-STAT that delivers blood gas, electrolyte, chemistry, and hematology results; VetScan UA, a urinalysis solution; and VetScan SA, which is designed to perform urine microscopy. Further, it provides VetScan rapid tests for the detection of various diseases, as well as sells products developed through its patented Orbos discrete lyophilization process to companies for other applications. The company sells its products through direct sales force and independent distributors. Abaxis, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Union City, California.

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