Analyzing Advanced Energy Industries (AEIS) and Inrad Optics (INRD)

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Advanced Energy Industries (NASDAQ:AEIS) and Inrad Optics (OTCMKTS:INRD) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Advanced Energy Industries and Inrad Optics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advanced Energy Industries $671.01 million 2.58 $137.86 million $4.23 10.65
Inrad Optics $9.86 million 1.24 -$680,000.00 N/A N/A

Advanced Energy Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Inrad Optics.

Volatility & Risk

Advanced Energy Industries has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inrad Optics has a beta of -0.68, indicating that its share price is 168% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Advanced Energy Industries and Inrad Optics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advanced Energy Industries 13.18% 32.09% 22.88%
Inrad Optics 1.11% 6.56% 1.90%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Advanced Energy Industries and Inrad Optics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advanced Energy Industries 0 2 4 0 2.67
Inrad Optics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Advanced Energy Industries currently has a consensus target price of $70.40, indicating a potential upside of 56.27%. Given Advanced Energy Industries’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Advanced Energy Industries is more favorable than Inrad Optics.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.1% of Advanced Energy Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Advanced Energy Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of Inrad Optics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Advanced Energy Industries beats Inrad Optics on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Advanced Energy Industries

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sells, and supports power conversion and control products that transform electrical power into various usable forms. It offers process power systems, including direct current (DC), pulsed DC, low frequency, high voltage, and radio frequency (RF) power supplies, as well as matching networks and remote plasma sources for reactive gas applications and RF instrumentation. The company also provides power control modules and thermal instrumentation products for rapid thermal processing, chemical vapor deposition, crystal growing, and other semiconductor and solar applications, as well as in chemical processing, glass manufacturing, and other general industrial power applications; and high voltage products for various applications, including semiconductor wafer processing and metrology, scientific instrumentation, mass spectrometry, industrial printing, and analytical x-ray systems for industrial and analytical applications. In addition, it offers repair services, conversions, upgrades, and refurbishments and used equipment to companies. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors in the North America, Europe, and Asia. Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.

About Inrad Optics

Inrad Optics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets crystal-based optical components and devices, custom optical components, and precision optical and opto-mechanical assemblies in the United States. The company provides optical components, optical coatings, and subassemblies for the military, aerospace, industrial, and medical marketplace; precision metal optics; and UV filter optical components for use in critical applications in defense systems, such as missile warning sensors, as well as opto-mechanical design and assembly services. Its optical components include planar, prismatic, and spherical components fabricated from glass and synthetic crystals comprising mirrors, lenses, prisms, wave plates, polarizing optics, X-ray monochromators and mirrors, and cavity optics for lasers The company also offers laser system devices and instrumentation products comprising electro-optic and nonlinear crystal devices for altering the intensity, polarization, or wavelength of a laser beam, as well as other crystal components for use in laser research, in commercial laser systems, and in detection of fast neutrons; and pockels' cells and associated electronics. It serves corporations in the defense, aerospace, laser system, process control, and metrology sectors of the photonics industry, as well as the United States Government, national laboratories, and universities. The company markets its products through sales, marketing, and customer service teams, as well as through independent sales agents. Inrad Optics, Inc. also exports its products Europe, Israel, and Asia. The company was formerly known as Photonic Products Group, Inc. and changed its name to Inrad Optics, Inc. in 2012. Inrad Optics, Inc. was founded in 1973 and is based in Northvale, New Jersey.

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