Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) is one of 65 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Plantronics to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Plantronics has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plantronics’ rivals have a beta of 1.08, suggesting that their average share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Plantronics and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Plantronics $881.18 million $82.59 million 21.53
Plantronics Competitors $3.30 billion $346.31 million -134.70

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

Profitability

This table compares Plantronics and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Plantronics 9.41% 20.12% 7.54%
Plantronics Competitors -4.09% -9.38% -1.10%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.0% of Plantronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Plantronics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Plantronics and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Plantronics 0 1 2 0 2.67
Plantronics Competitors 386 2537 4084 165 2.56

Plantronics presently has a consensus price target of $57.33, indicating a potential upside of 9.58%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 14.06%. Given Plantronics’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Plantronics has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Plantronics pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Plantronics pays out 24.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 47.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Plantronics beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Plantronics

Plantronics, Inc. (Plantronics) is engaged in the design, manufacture, and distribution of headsets for business and consumer applications, and other specialty products for the hearing impaired. The Company is a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of communications headsets, telephone headset systems, other communication endpoints and accessories for the business and consumer markets. The Company develops communication products for offices and contact centers, mobile devices, cordless phones, and computers and gaming consoles. Its product categories include Enterprise, which includes corded and cordless communication headsets, audio processors, and telephone systems, and Consumer, which includes Bluetooth and corded products for mobile device applications, personal computer (PC) and gaming headsets, and specialty products marketed for hearing impaired individuals. It offers its products under two brands: Plantronics and Clarity.

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