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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kemet Corporation and Maxwell Technologies’ 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 1.15 $110.10 million $4.88 4.19
Maxwell Technologies $115.70 million 1.84 -$19.60 million ($1.19) -4.82

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

Risk and Volatility

Kemet Corporation has a beta of 3.55, indicating that its share price is 255% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.9% of Kemet Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.9% of Maxwell Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Kemet Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Maxwell Technologies shares are held 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Kemet Corporation and Maxwell Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kemet Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Maxwell Technologies 0 4 1 0 2.20

Kemet Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $18.13, suggesting a potential downside of 11.33%. Maxwell Technologies has a consensus price target of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 13.24%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than Kemet Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Kemet Corporation and Maxwell Technologies’ 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%
Maxwell Technologies -34.18% -30.83% -21.80%

Summary

Kemet Corporation beats Maxwell Technologies on 10 of the 12 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.

Maxwell Technologies Company Profile

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products. The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. It designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers. The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules.

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