Intevac (NASDAQ:IVAC) and Taronis Technologies (NASDAQ:TRNX) Critical Analysis

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Intevac (NASDAQ:IVAC) and Taronis Technologies (NASDAQ:TRNX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Intevac has a beta of 0.28, indicating that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Taronis Technologies has a beta of -0.93, indicating that its stock price is 193% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Intevac and Taronis Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intevac 6.20% -2.04% -1.45%
Taronis Technologies -135.02% -81.90% -63.87%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intevac and Taronis Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intevac $95.11 million 1.21 $3.58 million ($0.19) -26.32
Taronis Technologies $9.71 million 0.70 -$15.04 million N/A N/A

Intevac has higher revenue and earnings than Taronis Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.0% of Intevac shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.9% of Taronis Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.0% of Intevac shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Taronis Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Intevac and Taronis Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intevac 0 3 1 0 2.25
Taronis Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Intevac presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.00%. Given Intevac’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Intevac is more favorable than Taronis Technologies.

Summary

Intevac beats Taronis Technologies on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intevac Company Profile

Intevac, Inc. provides vacuum deposition equipment for various thin-film applications, and digital night-vision technologies and products to the defense industry in the United States, Asia, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Thin-Film Equipment and Photonics. The Thin-Film Equipment segment designs and develops thin-film processing systems that are applied in hard disk drive media, display cover panel, and solar photovoltaic markets. The Photonics segment develops high-sensitivity digital sensors, cameras, and system that are applied in defense industry. It also provides digital night-vision imaging systems. The company sells its products through direct sales force and distributors. Intevac, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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