Benchmark Electronics (NYSE: BHE) and Micrel, (NASDAQ:MCRL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, risk, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Benchmark Electronics and Micrel,, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Benchmark Electronics 1 2 1 0 2.00
Micrel, 0 0 0 0 N/A

Benchmark Electronics presently has a consensus price target of $27.67, indicating a potential downside of 17.90%. Given Benchmark Electronics’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Benchmark Electronics is more favorable than Micrel,.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.7% of Benchmark Electronics shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Benchmark Electronics 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.

Profitability

This table compares Benchmark Electronics and Micrel,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Benchmark Electronics 2.69% 5.38% 3.68%
Micrel, 4.70% 4.92% 3.94%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Benchmark Electronics and Micrel,’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Benchmark Electronics $2.33 billion 0.72 $134.66 million $1.26 26.75
Micrel, N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Benchmark Electronics has higher revenue and earnings than Micrel,.

Summary

Benchmark Electronics beats Micrel, on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Benchmark Electronics

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. is a provider of electronic manufacturing services. The Company operates through three segments: the Americas, Asia and Europe. It provides services to original equipment manufacturers of industrial control equipment, including equipment for the aerospace and defense industry; telecommunication equipment; computers and related products for business enterprises; medical devices, and testing and instrumentation products. It offers integrated design and manufacturing services. Its operations consist of over three principal areas: manufacturing and assembly operations, including printed circuit boards assemblies and subsystem assembly, box build and systems integration; precision technology manufacturing, which include precision machining, metal joining, assembly and functional testing, and specialized engineering services, and specialized engineering services, such as product design, printed circuit board layout, prototyping, automation and test development.

About Micrel,

Micrel, Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of high-performance analog, power and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). The Company’s products address a range of markets, including industrial and automotive, wireline communications, enterprise and cloud infrastructure and mobility. It also manufactures custom analog and mixed-signal circuits and provides wafer foundry services for customers which produce electronic systems utilizing semiconductor manufacturing processes, as well as micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) technologies. Its offers a linear and power management product portfolio for the networking and communications infrastructure markets, including cloud and enterprise servers, network switches and routers, storage area networks, wireless base stations, and the Internet of Everything. In addition, it offers products that serve the solid state drive market and are seeing strength in the emergence of solid state drives.

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