Financial Comparison: Perceptron (PRCP) vs. CyberOptics (CYBE)

Perceptron (NASDAQ: PRCP) and CyberOptics (NASDAQ:CYBE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.


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This table compares Perceptron and CyberOptics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perceptron 2.02% 4.91% 2.88%
CyberOptics 2.44% 1.82% 1.52%

Volatility and Risk

Perceptron has a beta of 0.46, indicating that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CyberOptics has a beta of -0.28, indicating that its share price is 128% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.4% of Perceptron shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.1% of CyberOptics shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.0% of Perceptron shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of CyberOptics shares are owned by 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Perceptron and CyberOptics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Perceptron $77.95 million 1.10 -$160,000.00 $0.04 224.75
CyberOptics $53.33 million 2.12 $1.31 million $0.13 124.23

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Perceptron and CyberOptics, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perceptron 0 0 0 0 N/A
CyberOptics 0 0 3 0 3.00

CyberOptics has a consensus target price of $18.67, indicating a potential upside of 15.58%. Given CyberOptics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CyberOptics is more favorable than Perceptron.


CyberOptics beats Perceptron on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Perceptron

Perceptron, Inc. develops, produces, and sells various automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection, and 3D scanning in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. It provides various in-line and near-line measurement solutions, including AutoGauge, AutoFit, AutoScan, AutoGuide, and Helix engineered metrology systems for industrial automated process control and assembly using fixed and robot mounted laser scanners; and off-line measurement solutions comprising Coord3 and TouchDMIS for industrial gauging and dimensional inspection using standalone robot mounted laser scanners and coordinate measuring machines. The company also offers laser-based sensors and software comprising WheelWorks product that targets the digitizing, reverse engineering, inspection, and original equipment manufacturers wheel alignment markets. In addition, it offers value added services consisting of training, field, calibration, launch support, consulting, and repair services, as well as equipment and software maintenance agreements. The company markets its products directly to end user customers through manufacturing line builders, system integrators, value-added resellers, and original equipment manufacturers. Perceptron, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan.

About CyberOptics

CyberOptics Corporation develops and manufactures high precision sensing technology solutions worldwide. Its sensors are being used in surface mount technology (SMT), semiconductor, and metrology markets to improve yields and productivity. The company offers multi-reflection suppression sensors for application in the SMT, semiconductor, and metrology markets; and strobe inspection modules for use in 2D automated optical inspection (AOI) systems. It also provides SMT electronic assembly alignment sensor products, including LaserAlign sensors for incorporation into pick-and-place machines; and InPrinter Inspection Camera, which identifies fiducial markings on a circuit board to ensure accurate board registration prior to placement of solder paste. In addition, the company offers 3D solder paste inspection sensors; inspection system products primarily used in the semiconductor and SMT electronic assembly industries for process control, inspection, and metrology; AOI products to inspect circuit boards after component placement; and 3D solder paste measurement machines. Further, it provides metrology products, such as CyberGage 360 and SQ3000 3D CMM, which are used as in-line or off-line metrology tools in the SMT, semiconductor, and consumer electronics manufacturing industries; and WaferSense family of products that provide measurements of critical factors in the semiconductor fabrication process. The company sells its products to the electronic assembly circuit board manufacturers, including end-user customers manufacturing their own circuit boards, original design manufacturers, electronics manufacturing service providers, and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test companies; and semiconductor DRAM and SSD memory manufacturers through independent sales representatives and distributors. CyberOptics Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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