Reviewing Electro Scientific Industries (ESIO) and Maxwell Technologies (MXWL)

Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO) and Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Electro Scientific Industries and Maxwell Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Electro Scientific Industries 0 0 3 0 3.00
Maxwell Technologies 0 2 3 0 2.60

Electro Scientific Industries currently has a consensus price target of $24.67, suggesting a potential downside of 8.61%. Maxwell Technologies has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 26.81%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than Electro Scientific Industries.

Risk and Volatility

Electro Scientific Industries has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.17, suggesting that its share price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Electro Scientific Industries and Maxwell Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Electro Scientific Industries $161.02 million 5.61 -$37.40 million ($0.63) -42.84
Maxwell Technologies $121.24 million 1.69 -$23.70 million ($1.36) -4.06

Maxwell Technologies has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Electro Scientific Industries. Electro Scientific Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Maxwell Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.1% of Electro Scientific Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of Maxwell Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of Electro Scientific Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Maxwell Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Electro Scientific Industries and Maxwell Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Electro Scientific Industries -9.00% -13.50% -8.93%
Maxwell Technologies -36.94% -32.06% -20.72%

Summary

Electro Scientific Industries beats Maxwell Technologies on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Electro Scientific Industries

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. and its subsidiaries supply laser-based manufacturing solutions for industries reliant on microtechnologies. The Company operates through two segments: Component Processing and Micromachining. The Component Processing segment includes interconnect products, semiconductor products and component products. The interconnect, semiconductor and component products are sold to manufacturers of electronic components and are used to drill, cut, trim, ablate and test and mark features for the functionality of the component. The Micromachining segment includes products that are sold to manufacturers of end devices across various industries and are used to drill, cut or mark features on a range of materials, generally on the casing or external surface of the end device. Its integrated solutions allow industrial designers and process engineers to control the power of laser light to transform materials. It has operations in Asia, Europe and North America.

About Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products. The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. It designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers. The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules.

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