Bel Fuse (NASDAQ: BELFB) and AVX Corporation (NYSE:AVX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Bel Fuse pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. AVX Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Bel Fuse pays out 9.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AVX Corporation pays out 59.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Bel Fuse has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Bel Fuse has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AVX Corporation has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.0% of Bel Fuse shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.7% of AVX Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 8.8% of Bel Fuse shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of AVX Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Bel Fuse and AVX Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bel Fuse 7.43% 11.47% 4.18%
AVX Corporation 9.45% 5.77% 5.18%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Bel Fuse and AVX Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bel Fuse 0 1 1 0 2.50
AVX Corporation 0 2 0 0 2.00

Bel Fuse presently has a consensus target price of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 49.71%. AVX Corporation has a consensus target price of $16.25, indicating a potential upside of 0.62%. Given Bel Fuse’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Bel Fuse is more favorable than AVX Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bel Fuse and AVX Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bel Fuse $492.64 million 0.64 $49.93 million $3.03 8.60
AVX Corporation $1.31 billion 2.07 $241.14 million $0.74 21.82

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

Summary

Bel Fuse beats AVX Corporation on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bel Fuse Company Profile

Bel Fuse Inc. (Bel) designs, manufactures and markets a range of products that power, protect and connect electronic circuits. The Company’s products include magnetic solutions, power solutions and protection, and connectivity solutions. The Company’s operating segments are North America, Asia and Europe. The Company markets magnetic solutions under the brand names, including Bel, TRP, MagJack and Signal. The Company markets power solutions and protection under the brand names, which include Bel Power Solutions, Power-One and Melcher. The Company markets connectivity solutions under the brand names Stratos, Fibreco, Cinch, Johnson, Trompeter, Midwest Microwave, Semflex and Stewart Connector. The Company’s products are used in the networking, telecommunications, computing, military, aerospace, transportation and broadcasting industries. Bel’s portfolio of products has application in the automotive, medical and consumer electronics markets.

AVX Corporation Company Profile

AVX Corporation (AVX) is a manufacturer and supplier and reseller of a line of passive electronic components, interconnect devices and related products. AVX operates in three segments: Passive Components, Kyocera Electronic Devices (KED Resale) and Interconnect. The Passive Components segment consists of surface mount and leaded ceramic capacitors, surface mount and leaded tantalum capacitors, surface mount and leaded film capacitors, thick and thin film packages of multiple passive integrated components, thermistors, inductors and resistive products. The KED Resale segment consists of ceramic capacitors, frequency control devices, surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, sensor products, radio frequency (RF) modules, actuators, acoustic devices and connectors produced by Kyocera and resold by AVX. The Interconnect segment consists primarily of AVX Interconnect automotive, telecom and memory connectors manufactured by AVX Interconnect or purchased from other manufacturers for resale.

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