Kimball Electronics (NASDAQ: KE) and Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Kimball Electronics has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spectrum Brands Holdings has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Kimball Electronics and Spectrum Brands Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kimball Electronics 3.40% 9.63% 5.95%
Spectrum Brands Holdings 5.91% 17.48% 4.40%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.4% of Kimball Electronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.1% of Spectrum Brands Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Kimball Electronics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Spectrum Brands Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Spectrum Brands Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Kimball Electronics does not pay a dividend. Spectrum Brands Holdings pays out 33.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kimball Electronics has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kimball Electronics and Spectrum Brands Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kimball Electronics $930.91 million 0.59 $34.17 million $1.19 17.18
Spectrum Brands Holdings $5.01 billion 1.31 $295.80 million $5.02 22.66

Spectrum Brands Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Kimball Electronics. Kimball Electronics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Spectrum Brands Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Kimball Electronics and Spectrum Brands Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kimball Electronics 0 0 0 0 N/A
Spectrum Brands Holdings 0 1 9 0 2.90

Spectrum Brands Holdings has a consensus price target of $137.25, indicating a potential upside of 20.66%. Given Spectrum Brands Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Spectrum Brands Holdings is more favorable than Kimball Electronics.

Summary

Spectrum Brands Holdings beats Kimball Electronics on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kimball Electronics

Kimball Electronics, Inc. (Kimball Electronics) is an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. The Company is engaged in producing electronics for the automotive, medical, industrial and public safety markets. It provides design, engineering, manufacturing, packaging and distribution of electronic assemblies and circuit boards on a contract basis to a range of industries. The Company offers various engineering, manufacturing and supply chain services, such as design services; production and testing of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAS); industrialization and automation of manufacturing processes; product design and process validation and qualification; reliability testing, which include testing of products under a series of environmental conditions; assembly, production and packaging of other related non-electronic products, and product life cycle management. It is engaged in producing safety critical electronic assemblies for the automotive market.

About Spectrum Brands Holdings

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (SB Holdings) is a diversified global consumer products company. The Company manufactures, markets and/or distributes its products in approximately 160 countries in the North America (NA); Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America (LATAM), and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. It has five segments: Global Batteries & Appliances (GBA), Global Pet Supplies (PET), Home and Garden (H&G), Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) and Global Auto Care (GAC). The Company’s GBA segment includes product categories, such as consumer batteries, small appliances and personal care. The Company’s HHI segment includes product categories, such as lockset, plumbing and hardware. The Company’s PET segment’s product categories include aquatics, companion animal and pet food. The Company’s H&G segment’s product categories include controls, household and repellents. The Company’s GAC segment’s product categories include appearance, performance and A/C recharge.

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