Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) and RadiSys Corporation (NASDAQ:RSYS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.7% of RadiSys Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Knowles Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of RadiSys Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Knowles Corporation and RadiSys Corporation’s 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%
RadiSys Corporation -14.38% -14.12% -5.46%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Knowles Corporation and RadiSys Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Knowles Corporation $867.60 million 1.64 $141.10 million ($0.23) -69.08
RadiSys Corporation $168.66 million 0.32 -$8.87 million ($0.63) -2.21

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

Volatility and Risk

Knowles Corporation has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RadiSys Corporation has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Knowles Corporation and RadiSys Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knowles Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67
RadiSys Corporation 0 0 5 0 3.00

Knowles Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $19.33, indicating a potential upside of 21.67%. RadiSys Corporation has a consensus price target of $3.60, indicating a potential upside of 158.99%. Given RadiSys Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe RadiSys Corporation is more favorable than Knowles Corporation.

Summary

Knowles Corporation beats RadiSys Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Knowles Corporation

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.

About RadiSys Corporation

Radisys Corporation (Radisys) is a services acceleration company. The Company’s application aware traffic distribution platforms, real-time media processing products and wireless access technologies enable service providers to virtualize and monetize their networks. The Company’s products and services are organized into two segments: Software-Systems, and Embedded Products and Hardware Services. The Company’s Software-Systems segment consists of three product families: FlowEngine, MediaEngine and CellEngine. Also included in the Software-Systems segment is its Professional Service organization. The Company’s Embedded Products and Hardware Services segment provides customers with hardware based products targeted at the communications and healthcare markets. Products within this segment fall under primary categories, including T-Series Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) Platforms, Component Object Model (COM) Express and Rackmount Servers, and Other Products.

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