Critical Review: Materialise NV (MTLS) and Its Competitors

Materialise NV (NASDAQ: MTLS) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Peripherals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Materialise NV to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


This table compares Materialise NV and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Materialise NV -0.99% -1.59% -0.76%
Materialise NV Competitors -43.37% -18.92% -8.46%

Risk and Volatility

Materialise NV has a beta of 1.81, suggesting that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Materialise NV’s peers have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

10.9% of Materialise NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.5% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Materialise NV and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Materialise NV 0 0 3 0 3.00
Materialise NV Competitors 49 247 424 13 2.55

Materialise NV presently has a consensus target price of $14.17, indicating a potential downside of 9.59%. As a group, “Computer Peripherals” companies have a potential upside of 18.01%. Given Materialise NV’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Materialise NV has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Materialise NV and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Materialise NV N/A N/A -522.33
Materialise NV Competitors $1.28 billion $54.79 million -46.04

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


Materialise NV beats its peers on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

About Materialise NV

Materialise NV is a Belgium-based company engaged in the software industry. The Company is a provider of additive manufacturing software and of three dimensional (3D) printing services. Materialise NV incorporates of 3D printing experience into a range of software solution and 3D printing services, through which the Company seeks to form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Its solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build 3D printing applications. The Company operates in the domestic market and worldwide, including Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, China, Japan, Austria, Poland, Germany and France, among others. It operates through ACTech GmbH.

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