Contrasting Advanced Energy (AEIS) and MicroVision (MVIS)

Advanced Energy (NASDAQ: AEIS) and MicroVision (NASDAQ:MVIS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Advanced Energy and MicroVision’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advanced Energy 20.47% 34.76% 25.19%
MicroVision -209.39% -421.25% -86.18%

Volatility and Risk

Advanced Energy has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MicroVision has a beta of -0.21, meaning that its stock price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.4% of Advanced Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.6% of MicroVision shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Advanced Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of MicroVision shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Advanced Energy and MicroVision’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advanced Energy $671.01 million 3.87 $137.86 million $4.23 15.60
MicroVision $10.89 million 11.91 -$24.24 million ($0.33) -5.00

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Advanced Energy and MicroVision, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advanced Energy 0 3 3 0 2.50
MicroVision 0 0 2 0 3.00

Advanced Energy presently has a consensus target price of $80.00, suggesting a potential upside of 21.23%. MicroVision has a consensus target price of $3.07, suggesting a potential upside of 86.26%. Given MicroVision’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe MicroVision is more favorable than Advanced Energy.

Summary

Advanced Energy beats MicroVision on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sells, and supports power conversion and control products that transform electrical power into various usable forms. It offers process power systems, including direct current (DC), pulsed DC, low frequency, high voltage, and radio frequency (RF) power supplies, as well as matching networks and remote plasma sources for reactive gas applications and RF instrumentation. The company also provides power control modules and thermal instrumentation products for rapid thermal processing, chemical vapor deposition, crystal growing, and other semiconductor and solar applications, as well as in chemical processing, glass manufacturing, and other general industrial power applications; and high voltage products for various applications, including semiconductor wafer processing and metrology, scientific instrumentation, mass spectrometry, industrial printing, and analytical x-ray systems for industrial and analytical applications. In addition, it offers repair services, conversions, upgrades, and refurbishments and used equipment to companies. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors in the North America, Europe, and Asia. Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.

About MicroVision

MicroVision, Inc. develops PicoP scanning technology that provides high-resolution miniature projection, and three-dimensional sensing and image capture solutions in the United States. Its PicoP scanning technology comprises micro-electrical mechanical systems, laser diodes, opto-mechanics, and electronics. The company also develops a light detection and ranging engine for consumer electronic applications and automotive collision avoidance systems. The company licenses its products primarily to original design manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers. MicroVision, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

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