Critical Review: Materialise NV (MTLS) & Nano Dimension (NNDM)

Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) and Nano Dimension (NASDAQ:NNDM) 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 analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Materialise NV has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nano Dimension has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Materialise NV -0.99% -1.59% -0.76%
Nano Dimension N/A -72.47% -62.63%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.9% of Materialise NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of Nano Dimension shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Materialise NV $151.11 million 5.10 $12.08 million ($0.03) -543.00
Nano Dimension $320,916.00 215.63 -$14.46 million ($1.58) -3.54

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Materialise NV and Nano Dimension, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Materialise NV 0 0 3 0 3.00
Nano Dimension 0 0 1 0 3.00

Materialise NV currently has a consensus target price of $14.67, suggesting a potential downside of 9.97%. Nano Dimension has a consensus target price of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 132.14%. Given Nano Dimension’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Nano Dimension is more favorable than Materialise NV.

Summary

Materialise NV beats Nano Dimension on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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. It operates through ACTech GmbH.

About Nano Dimension

Nano Dimension Ltd is an Israel-based holding company active in the high technology sector. The Company has a full holding in Nano Dimension Technologies, a company that develops three dimensional (3D) printers for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), that is electronic circuits, and nano-technology inks. The inks are conductive nano-silver particle inks and insulating nano-polymer inks. Nano Dimension Technologies’ PCB Jet printer system is an inkjet deposition tool for printing multi-layer circuit boards at home or office. Nano Dimension Technologies uses hardware, software, print-head management and nano-chemistry for Research and Development (R&D), prototyping and custom manufacturing projects.

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