Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Hardware” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Knowles Corporation to similar companies based off the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.


This table compares Knowles Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Knowles Corporation -2.44% 6.98% 4.62%
Knowles Corporation Competitors 4.23% 10.70% 6.40%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.9% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Knowles Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Knowles Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Knowles Corporation $867.60 million $141.10 million -62.95
Knowles Corporation Competitors $20.71 billion $4.38 billion 18.71

Knowles Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Knowles Corporation. Knowles Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Knowles Corporation has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Knowles Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Knowles Corporation and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knowles Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75
Knowles Corporation Competitors 309 1509 3170 123 2.61

Knowles Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $18.50, suggesting a potential upside of 27.76%. All “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 5.32%. Given Knowles Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Knowles Corporation is more favorable than its peers.


Knowles Corporation peers beat Knowles Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Knowles Corporation Company Profile

Knowles Corporation is a global supplier of micro-acoustic, audio processing and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Mobile Consumer Electronics (MCE) and Specialty Components (SC). MCE designs and manufactures acoustic products, including microphones and audio processing technologies used in mobile handsets, wearables and other consumer electronic devices. SC specializes in the design and manufacture of specialized electronic components used in medical and life science applications, as well as solutions and components used in communications infrastructure and a range of other markets. It has sales, support and engineering facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, and manufacturing facilities in Asia. It also offers acoustics components used in hearing aids, as well as high-end oscillators (timing devices) and capacitors.

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