Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE: MTD) and Rudolph Technologies (NYSE:RTEC) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Mettler-Toledo International and Rudolph Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mettler-Toledo International 16.44% 96.81% 19.64%
Rudolph Technologies 15.99% 10.49% 9.03%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.4% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.0% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Rudolph Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Mettler-Toledo International and Rudolph Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mettler-Toledo International 0 4 4 0 2.50
Rudolph Technologies 1 0 4 0 2.60

Mettler-Toledo International presently has a consensus target price of $606.67, suggesting a potential downside of 4.46%. Rudolph Technologies has a consensus target price of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.87%. Given Rudolph Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Rudolph Technologies is more favorable than Mettler-Toledo International.

Risk & Volatility

Mettler-Toledo International has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rudolph Technologies has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mettler-Toledo International and Rudolph Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mettler-Toledo International $2.51 billion 6.48 $384.37 million $16.48 38.53
Rudolph Technologies $232.78 million 3.56 $36.95 million $1.24 21.13

Mettler-Toledo International has higher revenue and earnings than Rudolph Technologies. Rudolph Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mettler-Toledo International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Mettler-Toledo International beats Rudolph Technologies on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mettler-Toledo International

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company operates through five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations and Other. The Company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics and food retailing applications. The Company is also a provider of analytical instruments for use in life science, reaction engineering and real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development, and process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, the Company is also a supplier of end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries. The Company serves food and beverage producers; food retailers; chemical, specialty chemicals and cosmetics companies, and the transportation and logistics industry, among others.

About Rudolph Technologies

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Rudolph) is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and support of process control defect inspection and metrology, advanced packaging lithography, and data analysis systems and software used by microelectronics device manufacturers. The Company provides process and yield management solutions used in both wafer processing and final manufacturing through a family of standalone systems for macro-defect inspection, lithography, probe card test and analysis, and transparent and opaque thin film measurements. It offers Process Control Business, Lithography Business and Integrated Software Solutions. Rudolph markets and sells products to logic, memory, data storage, flat panel, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) device and packaging manufacturers. Its products include AMX 6000 Series, Explorer Inspection Platform, MetaPULSE System, Wafer Scanner Inspection System, GateWay Software, Yield Optimizer Software and Process Sentinel Software.

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