EMC (NYSE: EMC) and Knowles Corporation (NYSE:KN) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EMC 10.47% 10.66% 5.47%
Knowles Corporation -2.44% 6.98% 4.62%

Dividends

EMC pays an annual dividend of $0.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Knowles Corporation does not pay a dividend. EMC pays out 43.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. EMC has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.9% of EMC shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of EMC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Knowles Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

EMC has a beta of 1.33, suggesting that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Knowles Corporation has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for EMC and Knowles Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EMC 0 0 1 0 3.00
Knowles Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67

Knowles Corporation has a consensus target price of $19.33, suggesting a potential upside of 25.95%. Given Knowles Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Knowles Corporation is more favorable than EMC.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EMC N/A N/A N/A $1.07 27.15
Knowles Corporation $867.60 million 1.58 $141.10 million ($0.23) -66.74

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

Summary

EMC beats Knowles Corporation on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EMC

EMC Corporation (EMC) develops, delivers and supports the information technology (IT) industry’s range of information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions and services. EMC manages the Company as part of a federation of businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, Pivotal and Virtustream. EMC’s Information Infrastructure business provides a foundation for organizations to store, manage, protect, analyze and secure information. EMC’s VMware Virtual Infrastructure business is engaged in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to help transform the way they build, deliver and consume IT resources in a manner that is based on their specific needs. EMC’s Pivotal business unites strategic technology, people and programs from EMC and VMware and has a platform that consists of data, agile development practices and a cloud independent platform-as-a-service.

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.

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