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

Risk & Volatility

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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Knowles Corporation $867.60 million $141.10 million -66.04
Knowles Corporation Competitors $21.02 billion $4.40 billion 19.57

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.2% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Knowles Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are held 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.


This table compares Knowles Corporation and its rivals’ 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 4.26% 8.80% 6.14%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Knowles Corporation and its rivals, 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 311 1514 3194 123 2.61

Knowles Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $18.50, indicating a potential upside of 21.79%. As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 3.87%. Given Knowles Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Knowles Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.


Knowles Corporation rivals beat Knowles Corporation on 10 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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