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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Knowles Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Knowles Corporation $867.60 million $141.10 million -62.95
Knowles Corporation Competitors $21.02 billion $4.40 billion 18.71

Knowles Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Knowles Corporation. Knowles Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, 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 competitors have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Knowles Corporation and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knowles Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75
Knowles Corporation Competitors 310 1509 3171 123 2.61

Knowles Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $18.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.76%. All “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 5.35%. Given Knowles Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Knowles Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.9% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Knowles Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Knowles Corporation and its competitors’ 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 4.36% 11.34% 6.49%


Knowles Corporation competitors beat Knowles Corporation on 9 of the 12 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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