National Automation Services (OTCMKTS:NESV) and Cognex (NASDAQ:CGNX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for National Automation Services and Cognex, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Automation Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cognex 1 4 5 0 2.40

Cognex has a consensus price target of $48.23, indicating a potential downside of 11.61%.

Volatility and Risk

National Automation Services has a beta of -1.83, meaning that its share price is 283% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cognex has a beta of 1.99, meaning that its share price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cognex pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. National Automation Services does not pay a dividend. Cognex pays out 16.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cognex has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares National Automation Services and Cognex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Automation Services N/A N/A N/A
Cognex 27.19% 19.75% 17.00%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.5% of Cognex shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.9% of National Automation Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Cognex shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares National Automation Services and Cognex’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Automation Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cognex $806.34 million 11.60 $219.26 million $1.24 44.01

Cognex has higher revenue and earnings than National Automation Services.

Summary

Cognex beats National Automation Services on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

National Automation Services Company Profile

National Energy Services, Inc. is a holding company that is engaged in building a portfolio of complementary services through acquisitions. It primarily focuses on drilling services, operation services, and maintenance services of the well-site activities. The company was founded on January 27, 1997 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV.

Cognex Company Profile

Cognex Corporation provides machine vision products that capture and analyze visual information in order to automate tasks primarily in manufacturing processes worldwide. It provides machine vision products, which are used to automate the manufacture and tracking of discrete items, including mobile phones, aspirin bottles, and automobile tires by locating, identifying, inspecting, and measuring them during the manufacturing or distribution process. The company offers VisionPro software, a suite of patented vision tools for advanced programming; Cognex Designer that allows customers to build vision applications with a graphical flowchart-based programming environment; and Cognex ViDi, a deep learning-based image analysis software. It also provides general-purpose vision systems for vision tasks, including part location, identification, measurement, assembly verification, and robotic guidance; and vision sensors for vision applications, such as checking the presence and size of parts comprising In-Sight product line of vision systems and a range of 3D vision systems. In addition, the company offers ID products comprising DataMan image-based barcode readers and barcode verifiers, as well as vision-enabled mobile terminals for industrial barcode reading applications. It sells its products to customers in the consumer electronics and automotive industries, and semiconductor and electronics capital equipment markets through direct sales force, as well as through a network of distributors and integrators. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts.

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