Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE: ST) and II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.5% of II-VI shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of II-VI shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. and II-VI, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. 0 3 4 0 2.57
II-VI 0 1 4 0 2.80

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. presently has a consensus target price of $48.86, indicating a potential upside of 10.51%. II-VI has a consensus target price of $44.70, indicating a potential upside of 27.71%. Given II-VI’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe II-VI is more favorable than Sensata Technologies Holding N.V..

Volatility and Risk

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, II-VI has a beta of 0.07, suggesting that its stock price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. and II-VI’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. $3.23 billion 2.34 $814.87 million $1.68 26.32
II-VI $972.05 million 2.28 $179.18 million $1.48 23.65

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than II-VI. II-VI is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sensata Technologies Holding N.V., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. and II-VI’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. 8.91% 26.18% 8.21%
II-VI 11.93% 14.94% 9.27%

Summary

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. beats II-VI on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. Company Profile

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. is an industrial technology company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of sensors and controls. The Company operates through two segments: Performance Sensing and Sensing Solutions. It produces a range of sensors and controls for applications, such as pressure sensors in automotive systems, thermal circuit breakers in aircraft, and bimetal current and temperature control devices. Its sensors are devices that translate a physical phenomenon, such as pressure or position, into electronic signals that microprocessors can act upon. Its controls are customized devices embedded within systems to protect them from excessive heat or current. Its primary products include low-, medium-, and high-pressure sensors, speed and position sensors, bimetal electromechanical controls, temperature sensors, power conversion and control products, thermal and magnetic-hydraulic circuit breakers, pressure switches and interconnection products.

II-VI Company Profile

II-VI Incorporated develops and manufactures engineered materials, optoelectronic components and products. The Company has three segments: II-VI Laser Solutions, II-VI Photonics and II-VI Performance Products. The II-VI Laser Solutions segment designs, manufactures and markets optical and electro-optical components and materials sold under the II-VI Infrared brand name and used in carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers, fiber-delivered beam delivery systems and processing tools and direct diode lasers for industrial lasers sold under the II-VI HIGHYAG and II-VI Laser Enterprise brand names. The II-VI Photonics segment manufactures crystal materials, optics, microchip lasers and opto-electronic modules for use in optical communication networks and other consumer and commercial applications. The II-VI Performance Products segment designs, manufactures and markets infrared optical components and high-precision optical assemblies for military, medical and commercial laser imaging applications.

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