QUALCOMM (QCOM) vs. Knowles (KN) Financial Contrast

QUALCOMM (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Knowles (NYSE:KN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares QUALCOMM and Knowles’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QUALCOMM $22.29 billion 3.53 $2.47 billion $3.78 14.05
Knowles $744.20 million 1.45 $68.30 million $0.70 17.20

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

Dividends

QUALCOMM pays an annual dividend of $2.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Knowles does not pay a dividend. QUALCOMM pays out 60.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. QUALCOMM has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares QUALCOMM and Knowles’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QUALCOMM -18.65% 18.10% 8.48%
Knowles 8.32% 6.28% 4.30%

Risk & Volatility

QUALCOMM has a beta of 1.44, suggesting that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Knowles has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.0% of QUALCOMM shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of QUALCOMM shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of Knowles shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for QUALCOMM and Knowles, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QUALCOMM 1 13 11 0 2.40
Knowles 0 1 4 0 2.80

QUALCOMM currently has a consensus price target of $68.32, suggesting a potential upside of 28.61%. Knowles has a consensus price target of $18.10, suggesting a potential upside of 50.33%. Given Knowles’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Knowles is more favorable than QUALCOMM.

Summary

QUALCOMM beats Knowles on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

QUALCOMM Company Profile

QUALCOMM Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital communication products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT); Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL); and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on code division multiple access (CDMA), orthogonal frequency division multiple access, and other technologies for use in wireless voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. The QTL segment grants licenses or provides rights to use portions of its intellectual property portfolio, which include various patent rights useful in the manufacture and sale of wireless products comprising products implementing CDMA2000, wideband CDMA, CDMA time division duplex, and/or long term evolution standards and their derivatives. The QSI segment invests in early-stage companies in various industries, including automotive, Internet of things, mobile, data center, and healthcare for supporting the design and introduction of new products and services for voice and data communications, and new industry segments. The company also provides products and services for mobile health; products designed for the implementation of small cells; development, and other services and related products to the United States government agencies and their contractors; and software products, and content and push-to-talk enablement services to wireless operators. In addition, it licenses chipset technology, and products and services for use in data centers. QUALCOMM Incorporated was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Knowles Company Profile

Knowles Corporation is a global supplier of micro-acoustic, audio processing and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Mobile Consumer Electronics (MCE) and Specialty Components (SC). MCE designs and manufactures acoustic products, including microphones and audio processing technologies used in mobile handsets, wearables and other consumer electronic devices. SC specializes in the design and manufacture of specialized electronic components used in medical and life science applications, as well as solutions and components used in communications infrastructure and a range of other markets. It has sales, support and engineering facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, and manufacturing facilities in Asia. It also offers acoustics components used in hearing aids, as well as high-end oscillators (timing devices) and capacitors.

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