Microwave Filter (MFCO) & Microvision (MVIS) Critical Review

Microvision (NASDAQ:MVIS) and Microwave Filter (OTCMKTS:MFCO) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Microvision has a beta of 0.05, suggesting that its share price is 95% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Microwave Filter has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Microvision and Microwave Filter, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Microvision 0 0 1 0 3.00
Microwave Filter 0 0 0 0 N/A

Microvision presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 409.55%. Given Microvision’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Microvision is more favorable than Microwave Filter.

Profitability

This table compares Microvision and Microwave Filter’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Microvision -126.34% -291.45% -78.41%
Microwave Filter -6.06% -16.37% -10.87%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.2% of Microvision shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Microvision shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Microwave Filter shares are held by 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Microvision and Microwave Filter’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Microvision $10.89 million 6.71 -$24.24 million ($0.33) -2.38
Microwave Filter $3.04 million 0.40 -$260,000.00 N/A N/A

Microwave Filter has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Microvision.

Summary

Microwave Filter beats Microvision on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Microvision Company Profile

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.

Microwave Filter Company Profile

Microwave Filter Company, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic filters for radio and microwave frequencies primarily in the United States. It manufactures RF filters and related components for eliminating interference and facilitating signal processing for cable television, broadcast, commercial and military communications, avionics, radar, navigation, and defense markets. The company also designs waveguide, stripline/microstrip, transmission line, miniature/subminiature, and lumped constant filters. Its configurations include bandpass, highpass, lowpass, bandstop, multiplexers, tunable notch, tunable bandpass, high power filters, amplitude equalized, delay equalized, and filter networks. In addition, the company, through its subsidiary, Niagara Scientific, Inc., custom designs case packing machines to automatically pack products into shipping cases for food processors and other commodity products; and sells spare parts. Microwave Filter Company, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is based in East Syracuse, New York.

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