Silicon Graphics International Corp (NASDAQ: SGI) and Knowles Corporation (NYSE:KN) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Silicon Graphics International Corp has a beta of 1.98, meaning that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Knowles Corporation has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Silicon Graphics International Corp and Knowles Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silicon Graphics International Corp 0.11% 0.98% 0.15%
Knowles Corporation -2.44% 6.98% 4.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Silicon Graphics International Corp and Knowles Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silicon Graphics International Corp 0 0 1 0 3.00
Knowles Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75

Silicon Graphics International Corp presently has a consensus target price of $1.60, suggesting a potential downside of 79.35%. Knowles Corporation has a consensus target price of $18.50, suggesting a potential upside of 21.79%. Given Knowles Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Knowles Corporation is more favorable than Silicon Graphics International Corp.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Silicon Graphics International Corp and Knowles Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silicon Graphics International Corp N/A N/A N/A ($0.32) -24.22
Knowles Corporation $867.60 million 1.57 $141.10 million ($0.23) -66.04

Knowles Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Silicon Graphics International Corp. Knowles Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Silicon Graphics International Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.9% of Silicon Graphics International Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Silicon Graphics International Corp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Knowles Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Knowles Corporation beats Silicon Graphics International Corp on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Silicon Graphics International Corp Company Profile

Silicon Graphics International Corp. (SGI) is engaged in providing solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. The Company develops, markets and sells a line of mid-range and high-end scale-out and scale-up servers, enterprise-class storage, differentiating software and designed-to-order solutions for data center deployments. The Company operates through the segments, including Product and Service. The Company’s Product segment consists of compute and storage solutions, which include products from both HPC and HPDA segments. The Company’s Product segment includes scale-out computing, scale-up computing, software and cloud/Web solutions. Its storage solutions include both hardware and software offerings for data storage and management. The Service segment consists of customer service support and professional services. SGI systems enable customers to access, analyze, transform, manage and visualize information in real and near real-time.

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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