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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.6% of Datadog shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.5% of Materialise shares are held by institutional investors. 26.1% of Datadog shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Datadog and Materialise, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Datadog 0 8 9 0 2.53
Materialise 1 1 0 0 1.50

Datadog currently has a consensus price target of $86.23, indicating a potential upside of 12.56%. Materialise has a consensus price target of $14.75, indicating a potential downside of 42.96%. Given Datadog’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Datadog is more favorable than Materialise.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Datadog and Materialise’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Datadog $362.78 million 63.22 -$16.71 million ($0.15) -510.73
Materialise $220.31 million 6.15 $1.84 million $0.03 862.00

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Datadog 0.73% 0.78% 0.59%
Materialise -1.32% -1.78% -0.72%


Datadog beats Materialise on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Datadog

Datadog, Inc. provides monitoring and analytics platform for developers, information technology operations teams, and business users in the cloud in North America and internationally. Its SaaS platform integrates and automates infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring, and log management to provide real-time observability of customers technology stack. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Materialise

Materialise NV provides additive manufacturing software and 3D printing services in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. The company's Materialise Software segment offers proprietary 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 packages and 3D scanners. This segment serves 3D printing machine original equipment manufacturers; manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and hearing aid industries; and 3D printing service bureaus through its sales force, Website, and third-party distributors. Its 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 to research institutes, hospitals, and medical device companies; and clinical services. This segment has collaboration agreements with Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.; Encore Medical, L.P.; DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson; Global Orthopaedic Technology Pty Ltd; Limacorporate Spa; Mathys AG; Howmedica Osteonics Corp.; and Corin Ltd. It serves medical device companies, hospitals, universities, and industrial companies through its direct sales force, Website, and picture archiving and communication system partners. The company's Materialise Manufacturing segment primarily offers 3D printing services to industrial and commercial customers. It provides design and engineering services, and rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing of production parts; and engineers and 3D prints fixtures that allow automobile manufacturers and their suppliers to enhance the quality control and efficiency of their manufacturing processes. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium.

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