Mistras Group (NYSE: MG) and Lionbridge Technologies (NASDAQ:LIOX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Mistras Group and Lionbridge Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mistras Group 0.68% 6.16% 3.48%
Lionbridge Technologies 1.97% 12.05% 3.60%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mistras Group and Lionbridge Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mistras Group $719.18 million 0.90 $24.65 million $0.14 164.08
Lionbridge Technologies N/A N/A N/A $0.16 35.94

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Mistras Group and Lionbridge Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mistras Group 1 5 1 0 2.00
Lionbridge Technologies 0 1 0 0 2.00

Mistras Group currently has a consensus price target of $36.33, suggesting a potential upside of 58.18%. Lionbridge Technologies has a consensus price target of $5.75, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. Given Mistras Group’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than Lionbridge Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.9% of Mistras Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.7% of Mistras Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of Lionbridge Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Mistras Group Company Profile

Mistras Group, Inc. offers asset protection solutions and is a provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure. The Company’s segments are Services segment, which provides asset protection solutions in North America with concentration on the United States along with a Canadian services business, consisting of non-destructive testing, and inspection and engineering services that are used to evaluate structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure; International segment, which offers services, products and systems similar to those of its Services and Products and Systems segments to markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, and Products and Systems segment, which designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services asset protection products and systems, including equipment and instrumentation.

Lionbridge Technologies Company Profile

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides translation, online marketing, global content management and application testing solutions. The Company enables more than 800 brands to manage international market share and engage their customers in local markets across the world. It offers various solutions, such as Language Translation Services, Global Marketing Services, Website Translation and Localization, Engineering, Technical Publications and Training, Testing Services and Translation Technology. Its portfolio of language translation services includes Website Translation, Software Localization, Real-Time Translation for Chat and Forums, and Interpreter Services. Its Data Management Services allow companies to manage unprocessed data from multiple languages. Its Crowd translation of user-generated content (blogs, messages, surveys, reviews) allows clients to repurpose pieces of consumer advocacy for a new target language.

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