Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) and Allied Motion Technologies (NASDAQ:AMOT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Allied Motion Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Keysight Technologies does not pay a dividend. Allied Motion Technologies pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Keysight Technologies and Allied Motion Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Keysight Technologies $2.95 billion 2.57 $611.00 million $1.33 30.72
Allied Motion Technologies $238.07 million 1.00 $26.26 million $0.88 28.74

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Keysight Technologies and Allied Motion Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Keysight Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80
Allied Motion Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Keysight Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $46.89, indicating a potential upside of 14.75%. Given Keysight Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Keysight Technologies is more favorable than Allied Motion Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Keysight Technologies and Allied Motion Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Keysight Technologies 7.58% 22.14% 8.63%
Allied Motion Technologies 3.41% 10.65% 4.45%

Risk & Volatility

Keysight Technologies has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allied Motion Technologies has a beta of 1.88, indicating that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.1% of Keysight Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.5% of Allied Motion Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Keysight Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.8% of Allied Motion Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Keysight Technologies beats Allied Motion Technologies on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. is a measurement company engaged in providing electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries. The Company provides electronic design and test instruments and systems and related software, software design tools and related services that are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronics equipment. The Company operates through three segments: Communications Solutions Group (CSG), Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG) and Services Solutions Group (SSG). The CSG and EISG segments provide electronic design and test software, instruments, and systems used in the simulation, design, validation, manufacturing, installation and optimization of electronic equipment. The SSG segment provides integrated service solutions, including repair and calibration services, professional services and remanufactured equipment.

About Allied Motion Technologies

Allied Motion Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures and sells precision and specialty motion control components and systems used in a range of industries. The Company serves various markets, including vehicle, medical, aerospace and defense, electronics and industrial. It focuses on motion control applications. It is engaged in developing electro-magnetic, mechanical and electronic motion technology. It operates in the design and manufacture of motion control products, marketed to original equipment manufacturers and end users segment. Its products are used in the handling, inspection, and testing of components and final products, such as printers, tunable lasers and spectrum analyzers for the fiber optic industry, and test and processing equipment for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Its products are used in a range of medical, industrial and commercial aviation applications, such as dialysis equipment, industrial ink jet printers and cash dispensers.

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