RBC Bearings Incorporated (ROLL) and Proto Labs Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) Contrasting side by side

RBC Bearings Incorporated (NASDAQ:ROLL) and Proto Labs Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) compete against each other in the Machine Tools & Accessories sector. We will contrast them and contrast their institutional ownership, earnings and valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RBC Bearings Incorporated 700.23M 4.49 100.43M 4.40 30.84
Proto Labs Inc. 445.60M 6.37 76.59M 2.42 48.20

Table 1 shows the top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation for RBC Bearings Incorporated and Proto Labs Inc. Proto Labs Inc. seems to has lower revenue and earnings compared to RBC Bearings Incorporated. The business that Currently has a lower price-to-earnings ratio is considered the more affordable of the two businesses. RBC Bearings Incorporated is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Proto Labs Inc., indicating that it is currently more affordable of the two stocks.


Table 2 provides RBC Bearings Incorporated and Proto Labs Inc.’s net margins, return on assets and return on equity.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RBC Bearings Incorporated 14.34% 12.7% 9.4%
Proto Labs Inc. 17.19% 14.4% 12.9%

Volatility and Risk

A 1.4 beta means RBC Bearings Incorporated’s volatility is 40.00% more than S&P 500’s volatility. Proto Labs Inc.’s 58.00% more volatile than S&P 500 which is a result of the 1.58 beta.


The Current Ratio and Quick Ratio of RBC Bearings Incorporated are 5.7 and 2.1 respectively. Its competitor Proto Labs Inc.’s Current Ratio is 4.1 and its Quick Ratio is 3.9. RBC Bearings Incorporated can pay off short and long-term obligations better than Proto Labs Inc.


RBC Bearings Incorporated pays out $2 per share annually while its annual dividend yield is 1.54%. Proto Labs Inc. does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

In next table is given RBC Bearings Incorporated and Proto Labs Inc.’s ratings and recommendations.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
RBC Bearings Incorporated 0 1 0 2.00
Proto Labs Inc. 0 0 1 3.00

RBC Bearings Incorporated’s upside potential is 6.70% at a $140 average target price. Meanwhile, Proto Labs Inc.’s average target price is $145, while its potential upside is 38.25%. Based on the analysts opinion we can conclude, Proto Labs Inc. is looking more favorable than RBC Bearings Incorporated.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors held 99.76% of RBC Bearings Incorporated shares and 96.8% of Proto Labs Inc. shares. RBC Bearings Incorporated’s share held by insiders are 2.4%. Competitively, Proto Labs Inc. has 0.3% of it’s share held 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)
RBC Bearings Incorporated -11.43% -15.78% -11.72% 3.53% 7.49% 7.22%
Proto Labs Inc. -9.52% -8.98% -28.23% -9.49% 20.17% 13.05%

For the past year RBC Bearings Incorporated has weaker performance than Proto Labs Inc.


Proto Labs Inc. beats on 10 of the 16 factors RBC Bearings Incorporated.

RBC Bearings Incorporated manufactures and markets engineered precision bearings and components in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. It operates in four segments: Plain Bearings, Roller Bearings, Ball Bearings, and Engineered Products. The Plain Bearings segment produces plain bearings with self-lubricating or metal-to-metal designs, including rod end bearings, spherical plain bearings, and journal bearings that are primarily used to rectify misalignments in various mechanical components, such as aircraft controls, helicopter rotors, or in heavy mining and construction equipment. The Roller Bearings segment provides heavy duty needle roller bearings with inner rings, tapered roller bearings, track rollers, and aircraft roller bearings, which are anti-friction bearings that use rollers instead of balls. The Ball Bearings segment specializes in high precision aerospace, airframe control, thin section, and commercial ball bearings that utilize high precision ball elements to reduce friction in high speed applications. The Engineered Products segment offers engineered hydraulics and valves for aircraft and submarine applications, and aerospace and defense aftermarket services; fasteners; precision mechanical components, which are used in various general industrial applications; and machine tool collets that are used for holding circular or rod. It serves the construction and mining, oil and natural resource extraction, heavy truck, marine, rail and train, packaging, semiconductor machinery, and other general industrial markets. The company offers its products through direct sales force, and a network of industrial and aerospace distributors. RBC Bearings Incorporated was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Oxford, Connecticut.

Proto Labs, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an e-commerce enabled digital manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production in the Unites States, Europe, and Japan. The company utilizes injection molding, computer numerical control machining, and three-dimensional (3D) printing to manufacture custom parts for developers and engineers who use 3D computer-aided design software to design products in the medical, aerospace, computer/electronics, consumer products, industrial machinery, and other markets. Proto Labs, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Maple Plain, Minnesota.