Silicom (NASDAQ: SILC) and 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and valuation.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Silicom and 3D Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Silicom||$125.69 million||2.19||$21.71 million||$2.84||12.83|
|3D Systems||$646.07 million||2.01||-$66.19 million||($0.59)||-19.37|
This table compares Silicom and 3D Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Risk and Volatility
Silicom has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, 3D Systems has a beta of 1.56, meaning that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Silicom pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. 3D Systems does not pay a dividend. Silicom pays out 35.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Silicom and 3D Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Silicom presently has a consensus price target of $50.00, suggesting a potential upside of 37.17%. 3D Systems has a consensus price target of $12.32, suggesting a potential upside of 7.77%. Given Silicom’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Silicom is more favorable than 3D Systems.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
35.3% of Silicom shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.2% of 3D Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.4% of Silicom shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of 3D Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Silicom beats 3D Systems on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Silicom Company Profile
Silicom Ltd. (Silicom) is engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing and support of networking and data infrastructure solutions for a range of servers, server-based systems and communications devices. The Company’s products include server network interface cards with and without bypass (Server Adapters); Intelligent and programmable cards, with features, such as encryption, acceleration, data compression, redirection, time stamping, network capture solutions, field programmable gate array (FPGA) based ultra-low latency solutions, and/or other offload features and/or compute blades (Smart Cards), and standalone Products. The Company’s market segments for its products include network appliances; servers; data storage, including Big Data; The Cloud, virtualized data centers, with and without software-defined networking (SDN), and Internet of Things (IOT).
3D Systems Company Profile
3D Systems Corporation is a holding company. The Company provides three-dimensional (3D) printing solutions, including 3D printers, print materials, software, on demand manufacturing services and digital design tools. Its precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP), and printing of medical and dental devices and surgical guides and instruments. Its solutions support applications in a range of industries, including healthcare, aerospace, automotive and durable goods. The Company offers a range of 3D printers, print materials, software, haptic devices, scanners and virtual surgical simulators. The Company offers a range of 3D printing technologies, including Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Metal Printing (DMP), MultiJet Printing (MJP) and ColorJet Printing (CJP). The Company also offers 3D virtual reality simulators and simulator modules for medical applications.
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