Analyzing Schmitt Industries (SMIT) & Mesa Laboratories (MLAB)

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Schmitt Industries (NASDAQ:SMIT) and Mesa Laboratories (NASDAQ:MLAB) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Mesa Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Schmitt Industries does not pay a dividend. Mesa Laboratories pays out 10.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Schmitt Industries has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mesa Laboratories has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Schmitt Industries and Mesa Laboratories, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Schmitt Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mesa Laboratories 0 1 0 0 2.00

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Schmitt Industries and Mesa Laboratories’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Schmitt Industries $13.89 million 0.70 $210,000.00 N/A N/A
Mesa Laboratories $96.18 million 9.36 -$2.96 million $6.18 37.66

Schmitt Industries has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Mesa Laboratories.

Profitability

This table compares Schmitt Industries and Mesa Laboratories’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Schmitt Industries -1.61% -2.41% -2.03%
Mesa Laboratories 9.98% 23.53% 15.32%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.3% of Schmitt Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.3% of Mesa Laboratories shares are held by institutional investors. 13.0% of Schmitt Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.0% of Mesa Laboratories shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Mesa Laboratories beats Schmitt Industries on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Schmitt Industries

Schmitt Industries, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and trade of measurement and process control systems. It operates through the Balancer and Measurement segments. The Balancer segment develops balancing systems and components for the machine tool industry. The Measurement segment assembles laser-based test and measurement solutions. The company was founded by Wayne A. Case in 1987 and is headquartered in Portland, OR.

About Mesa Laboratories

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets quality control instruments and disposable products. The company's Instruments segment offers data loggers, which are precision instruments used in critical manufacturing, quality control, and validation applications; medical meters and calibration solutions used to test various parameters of the dialysis fluid, and the calibration and operation of the dialysis machine; gas flow calibration and air sampling equipment that are used for industrial hygiene assessments, calibration of gas metering equipment, and environmental air monitoring; and torque testing systems used for measure bottle cap tightness. This segment's products are used in healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, food and beverage, industrial hygiene, and environmental air sampling industries. Its Sterilization and Disinfection Control segment manufactures and markets biological indicators comprising spore strips, self-contained products, and culture media, as well as process challenge devices; and testing services. This segment also distributes chemical indicators that are used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes; and cleaning indicators, which are used to assess the effectiveness of cleaning processes. The company's Cold Chain Monitoring segment offers systems, which are used to monitor various environmental parameters, such as temperature, humidity, and differential pressure for use in hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, blood banks, pharmacies, and laboratory environments; parameter monitoring services for products in a cold chain; and consulting services. Its Cold Chain Packaging segment offers packaging development consulting services and thermal packaging products. The company markets its products through distributors in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, Canada, and Central America. Mesa Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado.

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