Financial Survey: Diebold, (DBD) and Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS)

Diebold, (NYSE: DBD) and Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) 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 profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.5% of Stratasys shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Diebold, shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of Stratasys shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Diebold, and Stratasys, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Diebold, 0 3 4 0 2.57
Stratasys 5 9 4 0 1.94

Diebold, currently has a consensus target price of $31.75, suggesting a potential upside of 54.50%. Stratasys has a consensus target price of $24.21, suggesting a potential upside of 5.51%. Given Diebold,’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Diebold, is more favorable than Stratasys.

Volatility and Risk

Diebold, has a beta of 1.98, suggesting that its stock price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stratasys has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Diebold, and Stratasys’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Diebold, $4.46 billion 0.35 $243.00 million ($3.67) -5.60
Stratasys $665.63 million 1.82 $35.26 million ($1.07) -21.45

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

Profitability

This table compares Diebold, and Stratasys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Diebold, -6.04% 7.25% 1.12%
Stratasys -8.33% 0.29% 0.24%

Dividends

Diebold, pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Stratasys does not pay a dividend. Diebold, pays out -10.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Diebold, beats Stratasys on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Diebold,

Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated provides connected commerce services, software and technology. The Company’s geographic segments include North America (NA), Asia Pacific (AP), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Latin America (LA). These segments sell and service financial self-service (FSS), retail solutions and security systems. The Company is engaged in providing connected commerce solutions to financial institutions. These solutions are supported by a field service organization. The Company provides security solutions, which combine a services portfolio and products to help address its customers’ needs. The Company provides services for a portfolio of physical security offerings, in addition to serving as a national locksmith. The Company provides voting machines for official elections and the terminals for the governmental lottery and correspondent bank.

About Stratasys

Stratasys, Inc. is a manufacturer of three-dimensional (3D) printers and rapid prototyping (RP) systems for the office-based RP and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells a product line of 3D printers and DDM systems (and related consumable materials) that create physical models from computer-aided design (CAD) designs. It also offer rapid prototyping and production part manufacturing services through its centers located in North America, Europe and Australia. In January 2009, the Company introduced the uPrint Personal 3D Printer. In January 2009, it began offering a thermoplastic for direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping called ULTEM 9085.

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