Panasonic (PCRFY) versus GoPro (GPRO) Head-To-Head Comparison

Panasonic (OTCMKTS: PCRFY) and GoPro (NASDAQ:GPRO) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Panasonic and GoPro’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Panasonic $67.93 billion 0.51 $1.39 billion $0.67 22.33
GoPro $1.18 billion 0.57 -$182.87 million ($1.31) -3.50

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Panasonic and GoPro, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Panasonic 0 0 1 0 3.00
GoPro 3 9 0 0 1.75

GoPro has a consensus price target of $7.55, suggesting a potential upside of 64.85%. Given GoPro’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe GoPro is more favorable than Panasonic.

Dividends

Panasonic pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. GoPro does not pay a dividend. Panasonic pays out 10.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Panasonic and GoPro’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Panasonic 2.22% 9.48% 2.80%
GoPro -15.50% -40.56% -17.17%

Volatility & Risk

Panasonic has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GoPro has a beta of 0.13, indicating that its share price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Panasonic shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.0% of GoPro shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Panasonic shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 28.6% of GoPro shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Panasonic beats GoPro on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Panasonic Company Profile

Panasonic Corporation is engaged in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions. The Company operates through five segments: Appliances, Eco Solutions, AVC Networks, Automotive & Industrial Systems, and Other. The Appliances segment is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of consumer electronics, air-conditioners, cold chain and devices. The Eco Solutions segment is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of lighting fixtures, lamps, wiring devices, solar photovoltaic systems, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment, air purifiers and nursing-care-related products. The AVC Networks segment is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of products, such as aircraft in-flight entertainment systems, personal computers, and social infrastructure systems equipment. The Automotive & Industrial Systems segment is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of automotive products, energy products, industrial devices and factory solutions.

GoPro Company Profile

GoPro, Inc. (GoPro) produces cameras and mountable and wearable accessories. The Company’s product offerings include HERO5, which is a line of cloud-connected cameras featuring image stabilization, telemetry, cloud connectivity and voice control; GoPro Plus, which is a cloud-based storage solution that enables subscribers to access, edit and share content; Quik, which is a mobile editing application that creates edits on a smartphone; Capture, which is a mobile application that allows users to preview and play back shots, control their GoPro cameras and share content on the fly using their smartphones; Karma, which is its compact and foldable drone and versatile stabilization solution that includes the Karma controller, and camera stabilizer, and it all fits in a custom backpack, and Karma Grip, which is a handheld, body-mountable camera stabilizer. It also offers a full ecosystem of mountable, wearable and voice activated accessories.

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