Lexmark International (NYSE: LXK) and RadiSys Corporation (NASDAQ:RSYS) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Lexmark International has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RadiSys Corporation has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Lexmark International pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. RadiSys Corporation does not pay a dividend. Lexmark International pays out -133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. RadiSys Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lexmark International 2.17% 7.30% 2.01%
RadiSys Corporation -14.38% -14.12% -5.46%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lexmark International and RadiSys Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lexmark International N/A N/A N/A ($1.08) -37.49
RadiSys Corporation $168.66 million 0.36 -$8.87 million ($0.63) -2.44

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Lexmark International and RadiSys Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lexmark International 0 0 0 0 N/A
RadiSys Corporation 0 0 4 0 3.00

RadiSys Corporation has a consensus price target of $3.63, suggesting a potential upside of 135.39%. Given RadiSys Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe RadiSys Corporation is more favorable than Lexmark International.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.8% of Lexmark International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of RadiSys Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Lexmark International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.9% of RadiSys Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

RadiSys Corporation beats Lexmark International on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lexmark International

Lexmark International, Inc. is a United States-based company, which is a provider of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services. The Company’s software scans everything from spreadsheets to medical images, and provides services to banking, healthcare, insurance and retail companies. It creates enterprise software, hardware and services that remove inefficiencies of information silos and disconnected processes. It offers various services, such as managed print services, hardware warranty and repair service, professional services and enterprise software services. It offers solutions, such as financial process automation, business process management, Web information integration and consumer loan origination. Its hardware category includes equipment collection program, and Smart multifunction product (MFP) includes device management and mobile print solutions. It produces and distributes millions of supplies each year, including ink, toner and paper.

About RadiSys Corporation

Radisys Corporation (Radisys) is a services acceleration company. The Company’s application aware traffic distribution platforms, real-time media processing products and wireless access technologies enable service providers to virtualize and monetize their networks. The Company’s products and services are organized into two segments: Software-Systems, and Embedded Products and Hardware Services. The Company’s Software-Systems segment consists of three product families: FlowEngine, MediaEngine and CellEngine. Also included in the Software-Systems segment is its Professional Service organization. The Company’s Embedded Products and Hardware Services segment provides customers with hardware based products targeted at the communications and healthcare markets. Products within this segment fall under primary categories, including T-Series Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) Platforms, Component Object Model (COM) Express and Rackmount Servers, and Other Products.

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