Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) and Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kyocera Corporation and Itron’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kyocera Corporation $12.70 billion 1.69 $1.65 billion $2.62 21.68
Itron $1.99 billion 1.38 $218.61 million $0.96 74.06

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

Risk & Volatility

Kyocera Corporation has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Kyocera Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Itron does not pay a dividend. Kyocera Corporation pays out 32.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Kyocera Corporation and Itron, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kyocera Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Itron 0 1 6 0 2.86

Itron has a consensus price target of $71.57, indicating a potential upside of 0.66%. Given Itron’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Itron is more favorable than Kyocera Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.6% of Kyocera Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of Itron shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Itron shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Kyocera Corporation and Itron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kyocera Corporation 7.27% 4.30% 3.35%
Itron 1.88% 15.51% 6.22%

Summary

Itron beats Kyocera Corporation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kyocera Corporation

Kyocera Corporation is engaged in various fields, from fine ceramic components to electronic devices, equipment, services and networks. The Company operates through seven segments: Fine Ceramic Parts Group, Semiconductor Parts Group, Applied Ceramic Products Group, Electronic Device Group, Telecommunications Equipment Group, Information Equipment Group and Others. The Company’s products include components for semiconductor processing equipment and flat panel display manufacturing equipment, information and telecommunication components, general industrial machinery components, sapphire substrates, automotive components, solar energy products, cutting tools, medical and dental implants, jewelry and applied ceramic related products, page printers and multifunctional products. It also offers information systems and telecommunication services, engineering business, management consulting business, materials for semiconductors, chemical materials and realty development business.

About Itron

Itron, Inc. (Itron) is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.

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