Comparing Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ:CSCD) & The Competition

Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ: CSCD) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Cascade Microtech to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Cascade Microtech has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cascade Microtech’s rivals have a beta of 0.80, meaning that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Cascade Microtech and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cascade Microtech 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cascade Microtech Competitors 57 423 519 11 2.48

As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 25.15%. Given Cascade Microtech’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cascade Microtech has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cascade Microtech and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cascade Microtech N/A N/A 30.36
Cascade Microtech Competitors $547.36 million $46.68 million 134.54

Cascade Microtech’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech. Cascade Microtech is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Cascade Microtech and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cascade Microtech 5.72% 7.19% 5.97%
Cascade Microtech Competitors -5.01% 3.16% -0.48%

About Cascade Microtech

Cascade Microtech, Inc. is a designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of wafer probing, thermal and reliability solutions for the electrical measurement and testing of semiconductor devices. The Company operates in two business segments: Systems and Probes. The Systems business segment is engaged in the sale of probe stations, thermal subsystems and reliability test systems. The Probes segment is engaged in the sale of analytical probes and production probe cards. The Company designs, manufactures and sells multiple product lines, including probe stations, thermal subsystems, reliability test systems, analytical probes, production probe cards, and various services and accessories. Probing systems are used in the development of semiconductor processes and designs. The 1164 Reliability Test System is a modular and scalable test platform that can be used in a range of reliability test applications.

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