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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.6% of Vishay Precision Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.8% of EXFO shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.4% of Vishay Precision Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of EXFO shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EXFO has a beta of 0.43, indicating that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vishay Precision Group 3.47% 6.19% 3.98%
EXFO 3.05% 4.08% 3.11%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and EXFO’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vishay Precision Group $228.09 million 1.01 $28.55 million $0.59 29.58
EXFO $245.57 million 1.18 $20.90 million $0.14 37.86

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Vishay Precision Group and EXFO, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
EXFO 0 4 0 0 2.00

Vishay Precision Group currently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 26.07%. EXFO has a consensus target price of $5.19, suggesting a potential downside of 2.12%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than EXFO.

Summary

Vishay Precision Group beats EXFO on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vishay Precision Group Company Profile

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.

EXFO Company Profile

EXFO Inc is a Canada-based company, which provides communications service providers (CSPs) and data center, cloud and Web-scale operators with field test, service assurance and analytics solutions to ensure the deployment, maintenance and management of physical, virtual, fixed and mobile networks. It focuses on network infrastructures: fourth generation (4G)/long-term evolution (LTE), wireless backhaul, small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS), 100G network upgrades and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)/fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC)/fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployments. It offers a range of wire line and wireless tests, service assurance and analytics solutions to the global telecommunications industry. Its products include TestFlow; LTB-8 platform; a family of optical time domain reflect meters (OTDRs); iSAM; MaxTester-940 Fiber Certifier optical loss test set (OLTS) for data center and enterprise markets, and the G.fast handheld test set.

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