Anixter International (NYSE: AXE) and Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anixter International 1.91% 13.09% 4.22%
Kyocera Corporation 8.34% 4.96% 3.87%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.6% of Anixter International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.5% of Kyocera Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.7% of Anixter International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Kyocera Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Anixter International does not pay a dividend. Kyocera Corporation pays out 28.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Anixter International and Kyocera Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Anixter International $7.75 billion 0.31 $382.00 million $4.39 16.30
Kyocera Corporation $13.15 billion 1.75 $1.85 billion $3.04 20.00

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Anixter International and Kyocera Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anixter International 0 3 1 0 2.25
Kyocera Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

Anixter International currently has a consensus price target of $86.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.20%. Given Anixter International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Anixter International is more favorable than Kyocera Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

Anixter International has a beta of 1.98, meaning that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kyocera Corporation has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Anixter International beats Kyocera Corporation on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Anixter International Company Profile

Anixter International Inc. is engaged in the distribution of enterprise cabling and security solutions, electrical and electronic wire and cable products and utility power solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Network & Security Solutions (NSS), Electrical & Electronic Solutions (EES), and Utility Power Solutions (UPS). The NSS segment’s product portfolio includes access control, power, cable management, wireless, professional audio/video, voice and networking switches, and other ancillary products. The EES segment’s product portfolio includes electrical and electronic wire and cable, shipboard cable, support and supply products, low-voltage cable, instrumentation cable, industrial communication and control products, security cable, connectors, industrial Ethernet switches, and voice and data cable. The UPS segment supplies electrical transmission and distribution products, power plant maintenance, repair and operations supplies, and smart-grid products.

Kyocera Corporation Company Profile

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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