Analyzing Vishay Precision Group (VPG) and Stoneridge (SRI)

Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) and Stoneridge (NYSE:SRI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Vishay Precision Group and Stoneridge, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vishay Precision Group 0 1 1 0 2.50
Stoneridge 0 2 0 0 2.00

Vishay Precision Group presently has a consensus price target of $34.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.94%. Stoneridge has a consensus price target of $24.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.75%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than Stoneridge.

Risk & Volatility

Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Stoneridge has a beta of 1.37, suggesting that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and Stoneridge’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vishay Precision Group $254.35 million 1.65 $14.34 million $1.07 29.44
Stoneridge $824.44 million 0.92 $45.17 million $1.57 17.13

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.4% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.1% of Stoneridge shares are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of Stoneridge shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and Stoneridge’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vishay Precision Group 5.64% 8.31% 5.28%
Stoneridge 5.48% 20.36% 8.42%

About Vishay Precision Group

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sensors and sensor-based measurement systems, as well as specialty resistors and strain gages. The Company operates through three business segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. Its Foil Technology Products segment includes foil resistor and strain gage operating segments. The Foil Technology Products segment’s brands include Alpha Electronics, Micro-Measurements, Powertron and Vishay Foil Resistors. The Force Sensors segment includes load cells and force measurement transducers that are offered as precision sensors for industrial and commercial use. The Weighing and Control Systems segment designs and manufactures systems that consists of load cells and instrumentation for weighing and force control/measurement for a range of uses, including on-board weighing and overload monitor systems. The segment’s brands include BLH Nobel, KELK and VPG Onboard Weighing.

About Stoneridge

Stoneridge, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of engineered electrical and electronic components, modules and systems for the automotive, commercial, motorcycle, off-highway and agricultural vehicle markets. The Company operates through three segments: Control Devices, Electronics and PST. The Company’s Control Devices segment designs and manufactures products that monitor, measure or activate specific functions within a vehicle and includes product lines, such as sensors, switches, valves, and actuators. The Company’s Electronics segment designs and manufactures electronic instrument clusters, electronic control units and driver information systems. The PST segment is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of in-vehicle audio and video devices, electronic vehicle security alarms, convenience accessories, vehicle tracking devices and monitoring services primarily for the automotive and motorcycle industry. It operated in 25 locations in 12 countries, as of December 31, 2016.

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