Analyzing Intevac (IVAC) and Tennant Company (TNC)

Intevac (NASDAQ: IVAC) and Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Intevac has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tennant Company has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Intevac and Tennant Company, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intevac 0 2 2 0 2.50
Tennant Company 0 3 0 0 2.00

Intevac currently has a consensus price target of $14.33, suggesting a potential upside of 20.96%. Tennant Company has a consensus price target of $65.00, suggesting a potential downside of 13.04%. Given Intevac’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Intevac is more favorable than Tennant Company.


Tennant Company pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Intevac does not pay a dividend. Tennant Company pays out 39.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Tennant Company has increased its dividend for 45 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intevac and Tennant Company’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intevac $96.85 million 2.62 $5.42 million $0.02 592.80
Tennant Company $819.77 million 1.62 $88.46 million $2.12 35.26

Tennant Company has higher revenue and earnings than Intevac. Tennant Company is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Intevac, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.1% of Intevac shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.2% of Tennant Company shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of Intevac shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Tennant Company shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Intevac and Tennant Company’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intevac 0.72% 0.91% 0.62%
Tennant Company 4.66% 17.52% 10.46%


Tennant Company beats Intevac on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Tennant Company Company Profile

Tennant Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing of cleaning solutions. The Company’s segments are Americas; Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company offers a range of products, including floor maintenance and outdoor cleaning equipment, detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies, aftermarket parts and consumables, equipment maintenance and repair service, specialty surface coatings and asset management solutions. Its products are used in various types of environments, including retail establishments, distribution centers, factories and warehouses, public venues such as arenas and stadiums, office buildings, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, parking lots and streets. The Company markets and sells its products under various brands: Tennant, Nobles, Green Machines, Alfa Uma Empresa Tennant, IRIS, Orbio IPC, IPC Foma, IPC Eagle, IPC Gansow, ICA, Vaclensa, Portotecnica, Sirio and Soteco, Ready System, Euromop, and Pulex.

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