Critical Comparison: Intevac (IVAC) and The Competition

Intevac (NASDAQ: IVAC) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Intevac to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.2% of Intevac shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.1% of Intevac shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are held 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.

Volatility & Risk

Intevac has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intevac’s rivals have a beta of 1.62, suggesting that their average share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Intevac and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intevac 5.97% 8.80% 6.08%
Intevac Competitors -19.95% 10.23% 4.22%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intevac and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Intevac $80.12 million -$7.44 million 25.48
Intevac Competitors $666.74 million $40.55 million 89.40

Intevac’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Intevac. Intevac is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Intevac and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intevac 0 1 4 0 2.80
Intevac Competitors 52 322 335 10 2.42

Intevac currently has a consensus target price of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 64.56%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 6.33%. Given Intevac’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Intevac is more favorable than its rivals.


Intevac beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Intevac Company Profile

Intevac, Inc. (Intevac) is a provider of vacuum deposition equipment for a range of thin-film applications, and digital night-vision technologies and products to the defense industry. The Company’s segments include Thin-film Equipment and Photonics. The Company designs, manufactures, markets and services capital equipment used to deposit thin films and lubricants onto substrates to produce magnetic disks that are used in hard disk drives. Its thin film equipment products include 200 Lean Disk Sputtering System, 200 Lean Etch and Deposition System, AccuLuber Disk Lubrication System, INTEVAC VERTEX System, INTEVAC MATRIX Implant System, ENERGi Implant System and INTEVAC MATRIX System. The Company’s photonic segment develops, manufactures and sells compact digital-optical products for the capture and display of low-light images.

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