Comparing Asana (NYSE:ASAN) & Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS)

Asana (NYSE:ASANGet Rating) and Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLSGet Rating) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Asana and Materialise, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Asana 1 4 7 0 2.50
Materialise 0 1 3 0 2.75

Asana presently has a consensus price target of $61.75, suggesting a potential upside of 113.96%. Materialise has a consensus price target of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 54.82%. Given Asana’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Asana is more favorable than Materialise.

Profitability

This table compares Asana and Materialise’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Asana -76.19% -158.77% -37.26%
Materialise 6.38% 6.74% 3.37%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Asana and Materialise’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Asana $378.44 million 14.43 -$288.34 million ($1.62) -17.81
Materialise $232.69 million 4.06 $14.90 million $0.25 69.76

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

Volatility and Risk

Asana has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Materialise has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

31.1% of Asana shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of Materialise shares are held by institutional investors. 54.4% of Asana shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Materialise beats Asana on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Asana Company Profile (Get Rating)

Asana, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a work management platform for individuals, team leads, and executives in the United States and internationally. The company's platform enables teams to orchestrate work from daily tasks to cross-functional strategic initiatives; and manages product launches, marketing campaigns, and organization-wide goal settings. It serves customers in industries, such as technology, retail, education, non-profit, government, healthcare, media, and financial services. The company was formerly known as Smiley Abstractions, Inc. and changed its name to Asana, Inc. in July 2009. Asana, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Materialise Company Profile (Get Rating)

Materialise NV provides additive manufacturing and medical software, and 3D printing services in the Americas, Europe and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. It operates through three segments: Materialise Software, Materialise Medical, and Materialise Manufacturing. The Materialise Software segment offers software through programs and platforms that enable and enhance the functionality of 3D printers and of 3D printing operations. Its software interfaces between various types of 3D printers; and various software applications and capturing technologies, including computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing packages and 3D scanners. This segment serves 3D printing machine manufacturers; production companies and contract manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and hearing aid industries; and 3D printing service bureaus through its sales force, Website, and third-party distributors. The Materialise Medical segment provides medical software that allows medical-image based analysis and engineering, as well as patient-specific design of surgical devices and implants. It serves medical device companies, hospitals, universities, research institutes, and industrial companies through its direct sales force, Website, and picture archiving and communication system partners. The Materialise Manufacturing segment provides 3D printing services, design and engineering services, and rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing of production parts to industrial and commercial customers. The company has collaboration agreements with Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.; Encore Medical, L.P.; DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson; Limacorporate Spa; Mathys AG; Corin Ltd; Medtronic Inc.; and Abbott Laboratories Inc. Materialise NV was incorporated in 1990 and is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium.

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