Head to Head Comparison: Nova Measuring Instruments (NVMI) & Optex Systems Hldg InCorp (OPXS)

Nova Measuring Instruments (NASDAQ:NVMI) and Optex Systems Hldg InCorp (OTCMKTS:OPXS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Nova Measuring Instruments has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Optex Systems Hldg InCorp has a beta of 2.28, indicating that its stock price is 128% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nova Measuring Instruments and Optex Systems Hldg InCorp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nova Measuring Instruments $221.99 million 2.95 $46.45 million $1.85 12.68
Optex Systems Hldg InCorp $18.54 million 0.67 -$300,000.00 N/A N/A

Nova Measuring Instruments has higher revenue and earnings than Optex Systems Hldg InCorp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.4% of Nova Measuring Instruments shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Nova Measuring Instruments shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 70.1% of Optex Systems Hldg InCorp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Nova Measuring Instruments and Optex Systems Hldg InCorp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nova Measuring Instruments 0 0 3 0 3.00
Optex Systems Hldg InCorp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nova Measuring Instruments presently has a consensus target price of $34.00, indicating a potential upside of 44.99%. Given Nova Measuring Instruments’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Nova Measuring Instruments is more favorable than Optex Systems Hldg InCorp.


Optex Systems Hldg InCorp pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Nova Measuring Instruments does not pay a dividend.


This table compares Nova Measuring Instruments and Optex Systems Hldg InCorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nova Measuring Instruments 19.34% 21.39% 17.70%
Optex Systems Hldg InCorp 16.20% 17.47% 9.23%


Nova Measuring Instruments beats Optex Systems Hldg InCorp on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nova Measuring Instruments Company Profile

Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. designs, develops, produces, and sells process control systems used in the manufacture of semiconductors in Israel. The company offers in-line optical and x-ray stand-alone metrology systems, as well as integrated optical metrology systems that attach directly to wafer fabrication process equipment. Its products include thin film and optical CD process control solutions for dimensional, films, and material metrology measurements for process control across various semiconductor manufacturing process steps, including lithography, etch, chemical mechanical polishing, and deposition. The company serves various sectors of the integrated circuit manufacturing industry, including logic, ASIC, foundries, and memory manufactures, as well as end users and process equipment manufacturers worldwide. Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel.

Optex Systems Hldg InCorp Company Profile

Optex Systems Holdings, Inc. manufactures and sells optical sighting systems and assemblies primarily for the U.S. Department of Defense, foreign military applications, and commercial markets in the United States. It offers electronic sighting systems; mechanical sighting systems; laser and non-laser protected plastic and glass periscopes; howitzer sighting systems; thermal day/night periscopes; ship binoculars; replacement optics; and optical assemblies and laser filters. The company also provides various periscope configurations, rifle and surveillance sights, and night vision optical assemblies; and precision optical assemblies utilizing thin film coating capabilities for optical systems and components primarily used for military purposes. Its products are installed on various types of U.S. military land vehicles, such as the Abrams, Bradley, and Stryker families of fighting vehicles, as well as light armored and armored security vehicles. Optex Systems Holdings, Inc. offers its products directly to the federal government, prime contractors, and foreign governments. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Optex Systems Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of Sileas Corporation.

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