Multi-Fineline Electronix (NASDAQ: MFLX) and TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.2% of TTM Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.4% of TTM Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Multi-Fineline Electronix and TTM Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Multi-Fineline Electronix N/A N/A N/A $1.02 22.64
TTM Technologies $2.60 billion 0.58 $395.21 million $0.72 20.51

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Multi-Fineline Electronix and TTM Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Multi-Fineline Electronix 0 0 0 0 N/A
TTM Technologies 0 0 2 1 3.33

TTM Technologies has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 38.79%. Given TTM Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TTM Technologies is more favorable than Multi-Fineline Electronix.

Profitability

This table compares Multi-Fineline Electronix and TTM Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Multi-Fineline Electronix -9.63% -10.97% -8.10%
TTM Technologies 2.97% 17.05% 5.79%

Risk & Volatility

Multi-Fineline Electronix has a beta of 1, meaning that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, TTM Technologies has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

TTM Technologies beats Multi-Fineline Electronix on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Multi-Fineline Electronix

Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. is engaged in the engineering, design and manufacture of flexible circuit boards along with related component assemblies. The Company provides flexible printed circuits and value-added component assembly solutions to the electronics industry. The Company provides its solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and to electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers. The Company offers products in a range of sectors, including smartphones, tablets, computer/data storage, portable bar code scanners, personal computers, wearables and other consumer electronic devices. The Company’s products include flexible printed circuits, flexible printed circuit assemblies and mechanical integration of flexible printed circuit assemblies. The Company has facilities in Irvine, California; Suzhou, China, and Singapore. The Company operates in the United States, China, Singapore and Other, which includes Malaysia, Korea and the United Kingdom.

About TTM Technologies

TTM Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer of printed circuit board (PCB) products and is focused on technologically advanced PCBs and electro-mechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). As of January 2, 2017, the Company operated a total of 25 specialized facilities in North America and China. The Company’s segments include PCB, E-M Solutions and Corporate. As of January 2, 2017, the PCB segment included 13 domestic PCB fabrication plants, including a facility that provides follow-on value-added services primarily for one of the PCB fabrication plants; eight PCB fabrication plants in China and one in Canada. As of January 2, 2017, the E-M Solutions included three custom electronic assembly plants in China. The Company offers a range of PCB products, including conventional PCBs, high density interconnect (HDI) PCBs, flexible PCBs, rigid-flex PCBs, custom assemblies and system integration, and integrated circuits (IC) substrates.

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