Universal Electronics (NASDAQ: UEIC) and Sony Corp Ord (NYSE:SNE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Electronics and Sony Corp Ord’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Electronics 2.68% 14.40% 7.73%
Sony Corp Ord 0.96% 2.36% 0.42%

Risk and Volatility

Universal Electronics has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sony Corp Ord has a beta of 1.72, meaning that its share price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Universal Electronics and Sony Corp Ord’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Electronics $662.12 million 1.45 $59.62 million $1.21 54.92
Sony Corp Ord $68.37 billion 0.69 $6.57 billion $0.52 71.79

Sony Corp Ord has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Electronics. Universal Electronics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sony Corp Ord, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Universal Electronics and Sony Corp Ord, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Electronics 0 1 4 0 2.80
Sony Corp Ord 0 0 4 1 3.20

Universal Electronics presently has a consensus price target of $77.81, indicating a potential upside of 17.10%. Sony Corp Ord has a consensus price target of $41.50, indicating a potential upside of 11.17%. Given Universal Electronics’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Universal Electronics is more favorable than Sony Corp Ord.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.1% of Universal Electronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.0% of Sony Corp Ord shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Universal Electronics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of Sony Corp Ord shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Sony Corp Ord pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Universal Electronics does not pay a dividend. Sony Corp Ord pays out 26.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Universal Electronics Company Profile

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) develops control and sensor technology solutions and manufactures a line of pre-programmed and universal remote control products, audio-video (AV) accessories, and intelligent wireless security and automation components. The Company’s offerings include pre-programmed universal infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) remote controls that are sold primarily to subscription broadcasting providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), retailers, and private label customers, and integrated circuits, on which its software and universal device control database is embedded, sold primarily to OEMs, subscription broadcasting providers, and private label customers. Its offerings also include software, firmware and technology solutions that enable devices, such as televisions, set-top boxes, stereos, smart phones tablets, gaming controllers and other consumer electronic devices, to wirelessly connect and interact with home networks and interactive services.

Sony Corp Ord Company Profile

Sony Corporation (Sony) is engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of various kinds of electronic equipment, instruments and devices for consumer, professional and industrial markets, as well as game consoles and software. The Company’s segments include Mobile Communications, Game & Network Services, Imaging Products & Solutions, Home Entertainment & Sound, Devices, Pictures, Music, Financial Services and All Other. It is engaged in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and television programming and the operation of television and digital networks. It is also engaged in the development, production, manufacture and distribution of recorded music and the management and licensing of the words and music of songs. It is also engaged in various financial services businesses, including life and non-life insurance operations, through its Japanese insurance subsidiaries and banking operations through a Japanese Internet-based banking subsidiary.

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