Jason Industries (NASDAQ: JASN) and Eaton Corporation, PLC (NYSE:ETN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

Jason Industries has a beta of 0.1, indicating that its share price is 90% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eaton Corporation, PLC has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Jason Industries and Eaton Corporation, PLC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jason Industries $689.74 million 0.04 $64.12 million ($3.04) -0.38
Eaton Corporation, PLC $19.83 billion 1.67 $3.22 billion $4.38 17.02

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

Dividends

Eaton Corporation, PLC pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Jason Industries does not pay a dividend. Eaton Corporation, PLC pays out 54.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Jason Industries has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Jason Industries and Eaton Corporation, PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jason Industries 0 0 1 0 3.00
Eaton Corporation, PLC 1 11 7 0 2.32

Jason Industries currently has a consensus price target of $3.25, indicating a potential upside of 180.20%. Eaton Corporation, PLC has a consensus price target of $77.83, indicating a potential upside of 4.43%. Given Jason Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Jason Industries is more favorable than Eaton Corporation, PLC.

Profitability

This table compares Jason Industries and Eaton Corporation, PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jason Industries -9.80% -46.40% -0.62%
Eaton Corporation, PLC 9.95% 12.93% 6.40%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

38.7% of Jason Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.3% of Eaton Corporation, PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 20.0% of Jason Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Eaton Corporation, PLC shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Eaton Corporation, PLC beats Jason Industries on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Jason Industries Company Profile

Jason Industries is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including Assembled Products (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Indiana and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,000 individuals in 15 countries.

Eaton Corporation, PLC Company Profile

Eaton Corporation (Eaton) is a diversified power management company. It is engaged in the manufacturing of electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use, and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. On January 1, 2011, it closed the acquisition of the Tuthill Coupling Group, which is a division of the Tuthill Corporation. It has five segments: Electrical Americas and Electrical Rest of World; Hydraulics; Aerospace; Truck, and Automotive. On October 1, 2010, it acquired CopperLogic, Inc. On July 15, 2010, it acquired EMC Engineers, Inc. In May 2011, it acquired Internormen Technology Group. In August 2011, it acquired IE Power, Inc. In December 2011, it acquired E.A. Pedersen Company.

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