Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) and Logitech International (NASDAQ:LOGI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Logitech International pays an annual dividend of $0.57 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Knowles Corporation does not pay a dividend. Logitech International pays out 46.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Knowles Corporation and Logitech International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Knowles Corporation $867.60 million 1.59 $141.10 million ($0.23) -67.08
Logitech International $2.27 billion 2.58 $251.67 million $1.24 28.84

Logitech International has higher revenue and earnings than Knowles Corporation. Knowles Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Logitech International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Knowles Corporation and Logitech International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knowles Corporation 0 2 3 0 2.60
Logitech International 0 2 5 0 2.71

Knowles Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $17.80, indicating a potential upside of 15.36%. Logitech International has a consensus target price of $36.13, indicating a potential upside of 1.02%. Given Knowles Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Knowles Corporation is more favorable than Logitech International.

Profitability

This table compares Knowles Corporation and Logitech International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Knowles Corporation -2.44% 6.98% 4.62%
Logitech International 9.15% 25.18% 13.82%

Risk & Volatility

Knowles Corporation has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Logitech International has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

37.7% of Logitech International shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Knowles Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Logitech International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Logitech International beats Knowles Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Knowles Corporation

Knowles Corporation is a global supplier of micro-acoustic, audio processing and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Mobile Consumer Electronics (MCE) and Specialty Components (SC). MCE designs and manufactures acoustic products, including microphones and audio processing technologies used in mobile handsets, wearables and other consumer electronic devices. SC specializes in the design and manufacture of specialized electronic components used in medical and life science applications, as well as solutions and components used in communications infrastructure and a range of other markets. It has sales, support and engineering facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, and manufacturing facilities in Asia. It also offers acoustics components used in hearing aids, as well as high-end oscillators (timing devices) and capacitors.

About Logitech International

Logitech International S.A. is a holding company. The Company designs, manufactures and markets products that allow people to connect through music, gaming, video, computing, and other digital platforms. The Company operates through peripheral segment. The Company offers its products to a network of domestic and international customers, including direct sales to retailers, e-tailers, and indirect sales through distributors. The Company’s retail network across the world includes consumer electronics distributors, retailers, mass merchandisers, specialty electronics stores, computer and telecommunications stores, value-added resellers and online merchants. Its music solutions are focused primarily on mobile speakers, including its UE BOOM family of mobile wireless speakers, its Jaybird wireless audio wearables for sports and active lifestyles, and its custom in-ear headphones. It offers a range of gaming gear for gamers, including mice, keyboards, headsets, gamepads and steering wheels.

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