Reviewing Markforged (NYSE:MKFG) & TransAct Technologies (NASDAQ:TACT)

Markforged (NYSE:MKFG) and TransAct Technologies (NASDAQ:TACT) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Markforged and TransAct Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Markforged N/A N/A -$2.61 million N/A N/A
TransAct Technologies $30.59 million 3.99 -$5.63 million ($0.72) -18.85

Markforged has higher earnings, but lower revenue than TransAct Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Markforged and TransAct Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Markforged N/A N/A N/A
TransAct Technologies -21.74% -26.16% -18.27%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

50.6% of Markforged shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.0% of TransAct Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.0% of TransAct Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Markforged and TransAct Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Markforged 0 1 2 0 2.67
TransAct Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00

Markforged presently has a consensus target price of $12.75, indicating a potential upside of 68.65%. TransAct Technologies has a consensus target price of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 32.65%. Given Markforged’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Markforged is more favorable than TransAct Technologies.

Summary

Markforged beats TransAct Technologies on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Markforged Company Profile

oneis a blank check company organized for the purpose of effecting a business combination with one or more target businesses. one’s efforts to identify a prospective partner business will not be limited to a particular industry or geographic region, although it intends to focus its search on partner businesses operating in North America in the innovation economy.

TransAct Technologies Company Profile

TransAct Technologies, Inc. operates as a software-driven technology and printing solutions company. It engages in food safety, POS automation, casino and gaming, lottery, mobile and oil and gas. The firm’s products are sold under the AccuDate, EPICENTRAL, Epic, Ithaca, RESPONDER and Printrex brands. It supplies consumables used in the printing and scanning activities of customers in the hospitality, banking, retail, gaming, government and oil and gas exploration markets. The company was founded in June 1996 and is headquartered in Hamden, CT.

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