Lantronix (NASDAQ: LTRX) and Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Lantronix has a beta of -0.18, indicating that its share price is 118% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Motorola Solutions has a beta of 0.32, indicating that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lantronix and Motorola Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lantronix $44.73 million 0.94 -$270,000.00 ($0.04) -57.75
Motorola Solutions $6.38 billion 2.76 -$155.00 million $4.10 26.64

Lantronix has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Motorola Solutions. Lantronix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Motorola Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Lantronix and Motorola Solutions, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lantronix 0 0 1 0 3.00
Motorola Solutions 0 3 9 0 2.75

Lantronix currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 73.16%. Motorola Solutions has a consensus price target of $112.50, indicating a potential upside of 3.00%. Given Lantronix’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Lantronix is more favorable than Motorola Solutions.


Motorola Solutions pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Lantronix does not pay a dividend. Motorola Solutions pays out 50.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Motorola Solutions has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.2% of Lantronix shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.9% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 52.4% of Lantronix shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Lantronix and Motorola Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lantronix -1.42% 3.84% 2.64%
Motorola Solutions -2.43% -75.81% 10.39%


Motorola Solutions beats Lantronix on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lantronix Company Profile

Lantronix, Inc. is a provider of secure data access and management solutions for Internet of things (IoT) and information technology (IT) assets. The Company organizes its products and solutions into three product lines, including IoT, IT Management and Other. Its IoT products consist of IoT Gateways and IoT Building Blocks. The Company’s IT Management product line includes console management, power management and keyboard video mouse (KVM), products that provide remote out-of-band management (OOBM) access to IT and networking infrastructure deployed in test labs, data centers and server rooms. Its Other product line includes non-focus products, such as the xPrintServer, xSenso and WiBox. Its connectivity solutions serves a range of industries, including data center, medical, security, environmental and government. The Company conducts its business in approximately three geographic regions, including the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ).

Motorola Solutions Company Profile

Motorola Solutions, Inc. is a provider of communication infrastructure, devices, accessories, software and services. The Company operates through two segments: Products and Services. The Company’s Products segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories and software. The Products segment has two product lines: Devices and Systems. The primary customers of the Products segment are government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers operating private communications networks and manage a mobile workforce. The Company’s Services segment provides a range of service offerings for government, public safety and commercial communication networks. The Services segment product lines include Integration services, Managed & Support services, and Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) services.

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