Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) and Ixia (NASDAQ:XXIA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Plantronics and Ixia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Plantronics 9.40% 21.31% 7.81%
Ixia -29.28% -28.71% -19.71%

Dividends

Plantronics pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Ixia does not pay a dividend. Plantronics pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Plantronics and Ixia’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Plantronics $862.00 million 1.60 $138.73 million $2.47 17.17
Ixia N/A N/A N/A $0.12 163.76

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

Volatility & Risk

Plantronics has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ixia has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Plantronics and Ixia, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Plantronics 0 1 2 0 2.67
Ixia 0 3 1 0 2.25

Plantronics presently has a consensus target price of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 41.48%. Ixia has a consensus target price of $19.65, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. Given Plantronics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Plantronics is more favorable than Ixia.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.1% of Plantronics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of Ixia shares are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Plantronics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of Ixia shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Plantronics beats Ixia on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Ixia

Ixia is a provider of physical and virtual network application performance and security resilience solutions. The Company’s product solutions consist of its hardware platforms, software applications and services, including warranty and maintenance offerings. The Company helps its customers to validate the performance and security resilience of their applications and networks. The Company offers network test hardware platforms with interchangeable interfaces, using a common set of applications and Application Programing Interfaces (APIs). The Company provides its solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), service providers, and enterprise and government organizations. The Company’s product solutions consist of its hardware platforms, such as chassis, interface cards and appliances, software application tools, and services, including its warranty and maintenance offerings and professional services.

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