Kemet Corporation (NYSE: KEM) and Bel Fuse (NASDAQ:BELFB) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

Kemet Corporation has a beta of 3.6, indicating that its share price is 260% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bel Fuse has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kemet Corporation 33.25% 20.21% 4.53%
Bel Fuse 3.44% 11.61% 4.38%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

55.7% of Kemet Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.6% of Bel Fuse shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Kemet Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Bel Fuse shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Bel Fuse pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Kemet Corporation does not pay a dividend. Bel Fuse pays out 20.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kemet Corporation $846.86 million 1.17 $110.10 million $4.88 4.26
Bel Fuse $492.63 million 0.65 $46.37 million $1.36 19.60

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Kemet Corporation and Bel Fuse, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kemet Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Bel Fuse 0 1 1 0 2.50

Kemet Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $18.13, indicating a potential downside of 12.73%. Bel Fuse has a consensus price target of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 46.34%. Given Bel Fuse’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bel Fuse is more favorable than Kemet Corporation.

Summary

Kemet Corporation beats Bel Fuse on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kemet Corporation Company Profile

KEMET Corporation (KEMET) is a manufacturer of passive electronic components. The Company operates in two segments: Solid Capacitors, and Film and Electrolytic. The Solid Capacitors segment primarily produces tantalum, aluminum, polymer and ceramic capacitors. Solid Capacitors also produces tantalum powder used in the production of tantalum capacitors. The Film and Electrolytic Business Group produces film, paper and wet aluminum electrolytic capacitors. It also designs and produces EMI Filters. The Company’s product offerings include surface mount, which are attached directly to the circuit board; leaded capacitors, which are attached to the circuit board using lead wires, and chassis-mount and other pin-through-hole board-mount capacitors, which utilize attachment methods, such as screw terminal and snap-in. The Company sells its products to a range of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers.

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.

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