OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS) and Avnet (NYSE:AVT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Dividends

Avnet pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. OSI Systems does not pay a dividend. Avnet pays out 17.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Avnet has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

OSI Systems has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avnet has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares OSI Systems and Avnet’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
OSI Systems $930.02 million 1.64 $117.25 million $1.30 62.75
Avnet $17.44 billion 0.27 $754.18 million $4.07 9.18

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.7% of Avnet shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.5% of OSI Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Avnet shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares OSI Systems and Avnet’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OSI Systems 2.73% 9.04% 4.17%
Avnet 3.00% 8.87% 4.00%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for OSI Systems and Avnet, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OSI Systems 0 0 5 0 3.00
Avnet 4 5 0 1 1.80

OSI Systems presently has a consensus price target of $87.20, indicating a potential upside of 6.90%. Avnet has a consensus price target of $41.14, indicating a potential upside of 10.15%. Given Avnet’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Avnet is more favorable than OSI Systems.

Summary

Avnet beats OSI Systems on 10 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

OSI Systems Company Profile

OSI Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of specialized electronic systems and components for critical applications. The Company sells its products and provides related services in diversified markets, including homeland security, healthcare, defense and aerospace. The Company operates in three segments, which include Security, which provides security and inspection systems, turnkey security screening solutions and related services; Healthcare, which provides patient monitoring, diagnostic cardiology, anesthesia delivery and ventilation systems and defibrillators, and Optoelectronics and Manufacturing, which provides electronic components and electronic manufacturing services for the Security and Healthcare divisions, as well as to external original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and end users for applications in the defense, aerospace, medical and industrial markets, among others.

Avnet Company Profile

Avnet, Inc. is a distributor of electronic components, enterprise computer, networking and storage products and software, and embedded subsystems. The Company operates through Electronics Marketing (EM) segment. The EM segment markets and sells semiconductors; interconnect, passive and electromechanical devices (IP&E), and embedded products to a customer base serving various end markets. The Company creates a link in the technology supply chain that connects electronic component and computer product manufacturers and software developers with a customer base of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, original design manufacturers (ODMs), systems integrators (SIs), independent software vendors (ISVs) and value-added resellers (VARs). The Company distributes electronic components, computer products and software, as received from its suppliers or through a customized solution, and offers assembly and other services.

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