Head to Head Review: Perceptron (PRCP) vs. Topcon (TOPCF)

Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) and Topcon (OTCMKTS:TOPCF) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Perceptron has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Topcon has a beta of 3.06, suggesting that its stock price is 206% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Perceptron and Topcon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perceptron 3.84% 8.43% 4.99%
Topcon N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Perceptron and Topcon’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million 1.15 -$160,000.00 $0.04 234.25
Topcon $1.19 billion 1.68 $41.07 million $0.38 48.61

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.4% of Perceptron shares are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Perceptron shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Perceptron and Topcon, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 0 0 N/A
Topcon 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Perceptron beats Topcon on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Perceptron Company Profile

Perceptron, Inc. develops, produces, and sells various automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection, and 3D scanning in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. It provides various in-line and near-line measurement solutions, including AutoGauge, AutoFit, AutoScan, AutoGuide, and Helix engineered metrology systems for industrial automated process control and assembly using fixed and robot mounted laser scanners; and off-line measurement solutions comprising Coord3 and TouchDMIS for industrial gauging and dimensional inspection using standalone robot mounted laser scanners and coordinate measuring machines. The company also offers laser-based sensors and software comprising WheelWorks product that targets the digitizing, reverse engineering, inspection, and original equipment manufacturers wheel alignment markets. In addition, it offers value added services consisting of training, field, calibration, launch support, consulting, and repair services, as well as equipment and software maintenance agreements. The company markets its products directly to end user customers through manufacturing line builders, system integrators, value-added resellers, and original equipment manufacturers. Perceptron, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan.

Topcon Company Profile

Topcon Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells positioning, eye care, and smart infrastructure products worldwide. Its positioning products include GNSS receivers, GIS, GPS plus reference station systems, machine control systems, precision agriculture systems, and asset management systems. The company's infrastructure products consists of total stations, layout navigators, mobile mapping systems, 3D laser scanners, field controllers, levels, theodolites, rotating lasers, and pipe lasers. Its eye care products comprise 3D optical coherence tomography systems, retinal cameras, photocoagulators, tonometers, slit lamps, operation and specular microscopes, ophthalmic data system IMAGEnet, vision testers, auto refractometers, auto kerato-refractometers, lens meters, and chart projectors. The company was formerly known as Tokyo Optical Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Topcon Corporation in 1989. Topcon Corporation was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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