Financial Analysis: Universal Electronics (UEIC) versus Its Peers

Universal Electronics (NASDAQ: UEIC) is one of 156 publicly-traded companies in the “ELECTRONICS” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Universal Electronics to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current recommendations for Universal Electronics and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Electronics 0 1 2 0 2.67
Universal Electronics Competitors 456 2494 3886 181 2.54

Universal Electronics currently has a consensus target price of $71.33, indicating a potential upside of 43.10%. As a group, “ELECTRONICS” companies have a potential upside of 13.78%. Given Universal Electronics’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Universal Electronics is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Electronics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Electronics -1.48% 11.65% 5.52%
Universal Electronics Competitors -17.36% -7.39% -1.51%

Risk and Volatility

Universal Electronics has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Electronics’ peers have a beta of 0.81, indicating that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.0% of Universal Electronics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.8% of shares of all “ELECTRONICS” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.9% of Universal Electronics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “ELECTRONICS” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Universal Electronics and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Electronics $695.79 million -$10.32 million -67.36
Universal Electronics Competitors $4.31 billion $334.97 million 49.79

Universal Electronics’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Universal Electronics. Universal Electronics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Universal Electronics beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Universal Electronics

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) develops control and sensor technology solutions and manufactures a line of pre-programmed and universal remote control products, audio-video (AV) accessories, and intelligent wireless security and automation components. The Company’s offerings include pre-programmed universal infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) remote controls that are sold primarily to subscription broadcasting providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), retailers, and private label customers, and integrated circuits, on which its software and universal device control database is embedded, sold primarily to OEMs, subscription broadcasting providers, and private label customers. Its offerings also include software, firmware and technology solutions that enable devices, such as televisions, set-top boxes, stereos, smart phones tablets, gaming controllers and other consumer electronic devices, to wirelessly connect and interact with home networks and interactive services.

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