Reviewing Inrad Optics (INRD) & Advanced Energy Industries (AEIS)

Inrad Optics (OTCMKTS:INRD) and Advanced Energy Industries (NASDAQ:AEIS) 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 risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

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

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

Advanced Energy Industries has a consensus price target of $70.40, suggesting a potential upside of 62.32%. Given Advanced Energy Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Advanced Energy Industries is more favorable than Inrad Optics.

Profitability

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

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.1% of Advanced Energy Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Inrad Optics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Advanced Energy Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inrad Optics $9.86 million 1.26 -$680,000.00 N/A N/A
Advanced Energy Industries $671.01 million 2.49 $137.86 million $4.23 10.25

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

Risk and Volatility

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

Summary

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

Inrad Optics Company Profile

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.

Advanced Energy Industries Company Profile

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.

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