TTM Technologies (NASDAQ: TTMI) and IEC Electronics Corp (NYSE:IEC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TTM Technologies and IEC Electronics Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TTM Technologies $2.60 billion 0.61 $395.21 million $0.72 21.65
IEC Electronics Corp $97.25 million 0.53 $3.44 million N/A N/A

TTM Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than IEC Electronics Corp.

Profitability

This table compares TTM Technologies and IEC Electronics Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TTM Technologies 2.97% 17.05% 5.79%
IEC Electronics Corp 3.04% 24.24% 6.33%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for TTM Technologies and IEC Electronics Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TTM Technologies 0 0 2 1 3.33
IEC Electronics Corp 0 1 2 0 2.67

TTM Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $20.50, indicating a potential upside of 31.49%. IEC Electronics Corp has a consensus price target of $5.10, indicating a potential upside of 2.00%. Given TTM Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe TTM Technologies is more favorable than IEC Electronics Corp.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.2% of TTM Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.4% of TTM Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

TTM Technologies beats IEC Electronics Corp on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TTM Technologies

TTM Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer of printed circuit board (PCB) products and is focused on technologically advanced PCBs and electro-mechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). As of January 2, 2017, the Company operated a total of 25 specialized facilities in North America and China. The Company’s segments include PCB, E-M Solutions and Corporate. As of January 2, 2017, the PCB segment included 13 domestic PCB fabrication plants, including a facility that provides follow-on value-added services primarily for one of the PCB fabrication plants; eight PCB fabrication plants in China and one in Canada. As of January 2, 2017, the E-M Solutions included three custom electronic assembly plants in China. The Company offers a range of PCB products, including conventional PCBs, high density interconnect (HDI) PCBs, flexible PCBs, rigid-flex PCBs, custom assemblies and system integration, and integrated circuits (IC) substrates.

About IEC Electronics Corp

IEC Electronics Corp. provides electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to a range of technology companies that produce life-saving and mission critical products for the medical, industrial, aerospace and defense sectors. The Company specializes in delivering technical solutions for the custom manufacture of full system assemblies by providing on-site analytical testing laboratories, custom design and test engineering services combined with an array of manufacturing services encompassing electronics, interconnect solutions and precision metalworking. It offers its customers a range of manufacturing services, combined with scientific technical support to ensure their products perform for the critical applications they are intended for. Its products are distributed to and through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Its capabilities include design and test development, analysis and testing laboratory, custom functional test design and component risk mitigation.

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