Critical Comparison: Qumu Corporation (QUMU) versus Materialise NV (MTLS)

Qumu Corporation (NASDAQ: QUMU) and Materialise NV (NASDAQ:MTLS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Qumu Corporation and Materialise NV’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qumu Corporation $29.80 million 0.89 -$5.91 million ($0.98) -2.87
Materialise NV $147.89 million N/A $11.82 million ($0.03) -427.67

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Qumu Corporation and Materialise NV, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qumu Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Materialise NV 0 0 4 0 3.00

Materialise NV has a consensus target price of $13.13, suggesting a potential upside of 2.30%. Given Materialise NV’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Materialise NV is more favorable than Qumu Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Qumu Corporation and Materialise NV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qumu Corporation -29.95% -53.09% -23.13%
Materialise NV -0.99% -1.59% -0.76%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.2% of Qumu Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.5% of Materialise NV shares are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of Qumu Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Qumu Corporation has a beta of -0.41, indicating that its stock price is 141% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Materialise NV has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Materialise NV beats Qumu Corporation on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Qumu Corporation

Qumu Corporation (Qumu) is an enterprise video content management software company. The Company is engaged in providing tools businesses need to create, manage, secure, deliver and measure their videos. The Company operates through the enterprise video content management software business segment. Its video content management software solutions allow organizations to create, capture, organize and deliver content across the extended enterprise to a range of end points, including mobile devices and thick or thin clients. Qumu’s video platform supports both live and on-demand streaming. The Qumu platform is a video content management software solution that can be deployed as a perpetual software license, a term software license or a cloud-hosted software as a service (SaaS). Qumu Capture Studio is a portable software-enabled device that records, edits and publishes video and presentation content.

About Materialise NV

Materialise NV is a Belgium-based company engaged in the software industry. The Company is a provider of additive manufacturing software and of three dimensional (3D) printing services. Materialise NV incorporates of 3D printing experience into a range of software solution and 3D printing services, through which the Company seeks to form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Its solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build 3D printing applications. The Company operates in the domestic market and worldwide, including Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, China, Japan, Austria, Poland, Germany and France, among others.

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