Park Electrochemical Corporation (NYSE: PKE) and Multi-Fineline Electronix (NASDAQ:MFLX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Park Electrochemical Corporation and Multi-Fineline Electronix’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Park Electrochemical Corporation $114.61 million 3.31 $9.28 million $0.31 60.45
Multi-Fineline Electronix N/A N/A N/A $1.03 22.43

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

Profitability

This table compares Park Electrochemical Corporation and Multi-Fineline Electronix’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Park Electrochemical Corporation 5.63% 5.12% 3.02%
Multi-Fineline Electronix -9.63% -10.97% -8.10%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Park Electrochemical Corporation and Multi-Fineline Electronix, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Park Electrochemical Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Multi-Fineline Electronix 0 0 0 0 N/A

Park Electrochemical Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.40%. Given Park Electrochemical Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Park Electrochemical Corporation is more favorable than Multi-Fineline Electronix.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.7% of Park Electrochemical Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of Park Electrochemical Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Park Electrochemical Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Multi-Fineline Electronix does not pay a dividend. Park Electrochemical Corporation pays out 129.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Park Electrochemical Corporation beats Multi-Fineline Electronix on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Park Electrochemical Corporation 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.

Multi-Fineline Electronix Company Profile

Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. is engaged in the engineering, design and manufacture of flexible circuit boards along with related component assemblies. The Company provides flexible printed circuits and value-added component assembly solutions to the electronics industry. The Company provides its solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and to electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers. The Company offers products in a range of sectors, including smartphones, tablets, computer/data storage, portable bar code scanners, personal computers, wearables and other consumer electronic devices. The Company’s products include flexible printed circuits, flexible printed circuit assemblies and mechanical integration of flexible printed circuit assemblies. The Company has facilities in Irvine, California; Suzhou, China, and Singapore. The Company operates in the United States, China, Singapore and Other, which includes Malaysia, Korea and the United Kingdom.

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