Avnet (NYSE: AVT) and Uni-Pixel (OTCMKTS:UNXLQ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.9% of Avnet shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Uni-Pixel shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Avnet shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Uni-Pixel shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Avnet has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Uni-Pixel has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Avnet and Uni-Pixel, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Avnet 3 6 0 0 1.67
Uni-Pixel 0 2 0 0 2.00

Avnet currently has a consensus price target of $39.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.92%. Uni-Pixel has a consensus price target of $1.21, suggesting a potential upside of 10,154.24%. Given Uni-Pixel’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Uni-Pixel is more favorable than Avnet.

Dividends

Avnet pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Uni-Pixel does not pay a dividend. Avnet pays out 18.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Avnet has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Avnet and Uni-Pixel’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Avnet $17.44 billion 0.27 $525.27 million $4.01 9.76
Uni-Pixel $4.10 million 0.21 -$29.43 million ($0.70) -0.02

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

Profitability

This table compares Avnet and Uni-Pixel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Avnet 2.86% 8.20% 3.90%
Uni-Pixel -675.26% -627.00% -249.93%

Summary

Avnet beats Uni-Pixel on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Avnet Company Profile

Avnet, Inc. is a distributor of electronic components, enterprise computer, networking and storage products and software, and embedded subsystems. The Company operates through Electronics Marketing (EM) segment. The EM segment markets and sells semiconductors; interconnect, passive and electromechanical devices (IP&E), and embedded products to a customer base serving various end markets. The Company creates a link in the technology supply chain that connects electronic component and computer product manufacturers and software developers with a customer base of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, original design manufacturers (ODMs), systems integrators (SIs), independent software vendors (ISVs) and value-added resellers (VARs). The Company distributes electronic components, computer products and software, as received from its suppliers or through a customized solution, and offers assembly and other services.

Uni-Pixel Company Profile

Uni-Pixel, Inc. develops and markets touch sensor films for the touch screen and flexible electronics markets. The Company’s roll-to-roll electronics manufacturing process patterns fine line conductive elements on thin films. The Company markets its technologies for touch panel sensor and hard coat resin for cover glass replacement, and protective cover film applications under the XTouch and Diamond Guard brands. The Company is engaged in the optical design and manufacturing of microstructured polymer film materials and related technologies for the display, flexible electronics and automotive industries. It makes transparent conductive films and flexible electronic films for high volume, roll to roll patterning of flexible thin-film conductor patterns. The Company sells the touch screen films under the brand XTouch, as sub-components of a fully assembled touch sensor module. The Company has developed a hard coat resin that can be applied using film, spray or inkjet coating methods.

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