Reviewing Materialise NV (MTLS)’s and Benefitfocus Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT)’s results

Materialise NV (NASDAQ:MTLS) and Benefitfocus Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) are two firms in the Application Software that compete against each other. Below is a comparison of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation, institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Materialise NV N/A 0.00 N/A 0.09 155.38
Benefitfocus Inc. 271.72M 6.21 22.09M -1.48 0.00

Table 1 highlights Materialise NV and Benefitfocus Inc.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.


Table 2 provides the return on assets, return on equity and net margins of the two firms.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Materialise NV 0.00% 4.4% 1.6%
Benefitfocus Inc. -8.13% 207.9% -25.4%

Volatility & Risk

Materialise NV’s current beta is 1.3 and it happens to be 30.00% more volatile than S&P 500. Benefitfocus Inc.’s 1.17 beta is the reason why it is 17.00% more volatile than S&P 500.


The Current Ratio of Materialise NV is 2.4 while its Quick Ratio stands at 2.3. The Current Ratio of rival Benefitfocus Inc. is 0.9 and its Quick Ratio is has 0.9. Materialise NV is better equipped to clear short and long-term obligations than Benefitfocus Inc.

Analyst Recommendations

The table delivered features the ratings and recommendations for Materialise NV and Benefitfocus Inc.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Materialise NV 0 0 0 0.00
Benefitfocus Inc. 0 1 4 2.80

Benefitfocus Inc. on the other hand boasts of a $55 consensus target price and a 4.19% potential upside.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

The shares of both Materialise NV and Benefitfocus Inc. are owned by institutional investors at 15.6% and 98.6% respectively. Materialise NV’s share owned by insiders are 0.24%. Competitively, Benefitfocus Inc. has 0.5% of it’s share owned by insiders.


In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Materialise NV 0.43% -4.14% -2.88% 11.08% 0.64% 11.25%
Benefitfocus Inc. 1.42% 20.12% 18.99% 51.45% 89.94% 88.19%

For the past year Materialise NV’s stock price has smaller growth than Benefitfocus Inc.


On 6 of the 11 factors Materialise NV beats Benefitfocus Inc.

Materialise NV provides additive manufacturing software and 3D printing services in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. The companyÂ’s Materialise Software segment offers proprietary software worldwide through programs and platforms that enable and enhance the functionality of 3D printers and of 3D printing operations. Its software interfaces between various types of 3D printers, and various software applications and capturing technologies, including computer-aided design packages and 3D scanners. This segment serves 3D printing machine original equipment manufacturers; manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and hearing aid industries; and 3D printing service bureaus through its sales force, Website, and third-party distributors. Its Materialise Medical segment provides medical software that allows medical-image based analysis and engineering, as well as patient-specific design of surgical devices and implants to research institutes, renowned hospitals, and medical device companies; and clinical services. This segment has collaboration agreements with Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.; Encore Medical, L.P.; and DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, as well as with Global Orthopaedic Technology Pty Ltd, Limacorporate Spa, Mathys AG, Howmedica Osteonics Corp., Stryker, and Corin Ltd. It serves medical device companies, hospitals, universities, and industrial companies through its direct sales force, Website, and picture archiving and communication system partners. The companyÂ’s Materialise Manufacturing segment primarily offers 3D printing services to industrial and commercial customers. It provides design and engineering services, and rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing of production parts; and engineers and 3D prints fixtures that allow automobile manufacturers and their suppliers to enhance the quality control and efficiency of their manufacturing processes. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium.

Benefitfocus, Inc. provides cloud-based benefits management platform for consumers, employers, insurance carriers, and brokers in the United States. It operates through Employer and Carrier segments. The companyÂ’s products for insurance carriers include Marketplaces, which are online shopping environments; eEnrollment that provides online enrollment for benefits; eBilling, an electronic invoice presentment and payment solution; eExchange, a solution for communication; eSales for carriers and brokers to organize and manage accounts, track leads, generate quotes, and create proposals for products; and Core & Advanced Analytics, a data analytics solution. Its products for employers include Benefitfocus Marketplace that streamlines online enrollment, employee communication, and benefit administration; Communication Portal, an employee engagement portal; BenefitStore, a solution for employees to avail various ancillary benefits; ACA Compliance and Reporting, a solution for employers to manage ACA compliance; and eBilling and Payment, an electronic invoice presentment and payment application. In addition, the company provides professional and customer support services, which include implementation services, such as discovery, configuration, deployment, integration, testing, training, and technical support; HR support services; and video library services. Further, it offers partner offerings, such as RedBrick Health that provides access to customizable health assessments, digital coaching, tracking, and challenges; LifeLock that allows employees to purchase identity theft protection; SAP SuccessFactors that provides employee performance management solutions; and WageWorks that supports benefits, such as health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, health reimbursement, and other programs. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.

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