Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Circuits” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Park Electrochemical Corp. to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Park Electrochemical Corp. has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Park Electrochemical Corp.’s peers have a beta of 0.85, indicating that their average share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Park Electrochemical Corp. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Park Electrochemical Corp. 5.08% 3.06% 1.81%
Park Electrochemical Corp. Competitors -7.65% -8.70% -2.93%

Dividends

Park Electrochemical Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Park Electrochemical Corp. pays out 105.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Integrated Circuits” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.7% and pay out 24.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Park Electrochemical Corp. and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Park Electrochemical Corp. $110.54 million $11.91 million 48.58
Park Electrochemical Corp. Competitors $618.50 million $157.34 million 17.58

Park Electrochemical Corp.’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Park Electrochemical Corp.. Park Electrochemical Corp. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.7% of Park Electrochemical Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.5% of shares of all “Integrated Circuits” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Park Electrochemical Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Integrated Circuits” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Park Electrochemical Corp. and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Park Electrochemical Corp. 0 0 1 0 3.00
Park Electrochemical Corp. Competitors 88 452 949 66 2.64

Park Electrochemical Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.18%. As a group, “Integrated Circuits” companies have a potential upside of 6.28%. Given Park Electrochemical Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Park Electrochemical Corp. is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Park Electrochemical Corp. beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Park Electrochemical Corp. Company Profile

Park Electrochemical Corp. is a global advanced materials company. The Company develops, manufactures, markets and sells digital and radio frequency (RF)/microwave printed circuit materials products principally for the telecommunications and Internet infrastructure and high-end computing markets and advanced composite materials, parts and assemblies and low-volume tooling products for the aerospace markets. The Company operates through integrated business units in Asia, Europe and North America. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are located in Singapore, France, Kansas, Arizona and California. The Company also maintains research and development facilities in Arizona, Kansas and Singapore. The Company’s foreign operations are conducted principally by the Company’s subsidiaries in Singapore and France.

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