Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) and Vishay Precision Group (NYSE:VPG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perceptron -21.55% 2.32% 1.34%
Vishay Precision Group 3.47% 6.19% 3.98%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $74.37 million 0.92 $4.99 million ($1.70) -4.28
Vishay Precision Group $228.09 million 1.01 $28.55 million $0.59 29.41

Vishay Precision Group has higher revenue and earnings than Perceptron. Perceptron 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.

Risk and Volatility

Perceptron has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

63.1% of Perceptron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.6% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. 10.3% of Perceptron shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 2 0 3.00
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Perceptron currently has a consensus price target of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 16.92%. Vishay Precision Group has a consensus price target of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 26.80%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than Perceptron.

Summary

Vishay Precision Group beats Perceptron on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Perceptron Company Profile

Perceptron, Inc. develops, produces and sells a range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and three-dimensional (3D) scanning. The Company’s products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanning and advanced analysis software. The Company’s products are categorized as In-Line, Near-Line and Off-Line Measurement Solutions (Measurement Solutions); 3D Scanning Solutions, and Value Added Services. Its In-Line and Near-Line measurement solutions include AutoGauge, AutoFit, AutoScan, AutoGuide and Helix. Its Off-Line measurement solutions include Coord3 and TouchDMIS. Its 3D Scanning Solutions include ScanWorks, ScanR and WheelWorks. Its Value Added Services include training, field service, calibration, launch support services, maintenance agreements and repairs. The Company operates in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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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