Better Buy: Stratasys vs. Prospect Capital

We've collected the most popular companies amongst Fool.com readers and put them head-to-head in a good old-fashioned challenge we're calling The Motley Fool Better Buy Tournament.

Mar 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool's Better-Buy Tournament, Stratasys squares off against Prospect Capital in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each other as they make the case for their stocks, with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Layer by layer, Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) is establishing itself as the top dog in 3-D printing, according to Motley Fool analyst Simon Erickson. The company now has more than 75,000 systems installed worldwide -- giving it a strong recurring revenue stream from consumable materials and service contracts. Stratasys has deployed that cash to efficiently grow at all points of the market. Its MakerBot subsidiary is driving mass-market awareness, and its industrial relationships are developing new applications every year. Industrywide, 3-D printing revenue is expected to nearly quintuple during the next decade, and Stratasys is in the perfect position to benefit.

Motley Fool financials analyst David Hanson believes Prospect Capital (NASDAQ:PSEC) should move on to the next round because of the company's largest investment portfolio, which has excellent credit quality. Prospect Capital's BDC structure allows it to pass earnings through to shareholders, which results in a big dividend yield. Finally, David sees Prospect's large size and scale as a big advantage when it comes to finding new investments and getting favorable prices. 

Watch these analysts square off in the following video, and then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in The Motley Fool's Better-Buy Bracket

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David Hanson has no position in any stocks mentioned. Simon Erickson owns shares of Stratasys. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Stratasys. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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