Lantronix (NASDAQ: LTRX) and Plantronics (NYSE:PLT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.
Volatility and Risk
Lantronix has a beta of -0.18, suggesting that its share price is 118% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plantronics has a beta of 1.39, suggesting that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Plantronics pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Lantronix does not pay a dividend. Plantronics pays out 285.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
This table compares Lantronix and Plantronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Insider and Institutional Ownership
15.2% of Lantronix shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.4% of Plantronics shares are held by institutional investors. 52.4% of Lantronix shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Plantronics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Lantronix and Plantronics, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Lantronix currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 75.44%. Plantronics has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.92%. Given Lantronix’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Lantronix is more favorable than Plantronics.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Lantronix and Plantronics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Plantronics||$881.18 million||2.21||$82.59 million||$0.21||280.35|
Plantronics has higher revenue and earnings than Lantronix. Lantronix is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Plantronics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Plantronics beats Lantronix on 12 of the 16 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).
Plantronics Company Profile
Plantronics, Inc. (Plantronics) is engaged in the design, manufacture, and distribution of headsets for business and consumer applications, and other specialty products for the hearing impaired. The Company is a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of communications headsets, telephone headset systems, other communication endpoints and accessories for the business and consumer markets. The Company develops communication products for offices and contact centers, mobile devices, cordless phones, and computers and gaming consoles. Its product categories include Enterprise, which includes corded and cordless communication headsets, audio processors, and telephone systems, and Consumer, which includes Bluetooth and corded products for mobile device applications, personal computer (PC) and gaming headsets, and specialty products marketed for hearing impaired individuals. It offers its products under two brands: Plantronics and Clarity.
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