Hubbell (NYSE: HUBB) and Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Hubbell has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kyocera Corporation has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.2% of Hubbell shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.5% of Kyocera Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Hubbell shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Hubbell pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Kyocera Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.47 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Hubbell pays out 53.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kyocera Corporation pays out 15.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Profitability

This table compares Hubbell and Kyocera Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hubbell 7.96% 19.69% 8.82%
Kyocera Corporation 8.34% 4.96% 3.87%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Hubbell and Kyocera Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hubbell 0 3 1 0 2.25
Kyocera Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Hubbell currently has a consensus price target of $122.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.49%. Given Hubbell’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Hubbell is more favorable than Kyocera Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hubbell and Kyocera Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hubbell $3.56 billion 1.92 $606.70 million $5.19 24.11
Kyocera Corporation $13.37 billion 1.96 $1.88 billion $3.04 22.78

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

Summary

Hubbell beats Kyocera Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hubbell

Hubbell Incorporated is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic products for a range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications. The Company’s segments include Electrical and the Power. The Electrical segment consists of businesses that sell stock and custom products, including standard and special application wiring device products, rough-in electrical products, lighting fixtures and controls, components and assemblies for the natural gas distribution market, as well as other electrical equipment. In addition, certain businesses design and manufacture a range of high voltage test and measurement equipment, industrial controls and communication systems used in the non-residential and industrial markets. The Power segment consists of operations that design and manufacture various distribution, transmission, substation and telecommunications products primarily used by the electrical utility industry.

About Kyocera Corporation

Kyocera Corporation is engaged in various fields, from fine ceramic components to electronic devices, equipment, services and networks. The Company operates through seven segments: Fine Ceramic Parts Group, Semiconductor Parts Group, Applied Ceramic Products Group, Electronic Device Group, Telecommunications Equipment Group, Information Equipment Group and Others. The Company’s products include components for semiconductor processing equipment and flat panel display manufacturing equipment, information and telecommunication components, general industrial machinery components, sapphire substrates, automotive components, solar energy products, cutting tools, medical and dental implants, jewelry and applied ceramic related products, page printers and multifunctional products. It also offers information systems and telecommunication services, engineering business, management consulting business, materials for semiconductors, chemical materials and realty development business.

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