Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Harris Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Polycom does not pay a dividend. Harris Corporation pays out 51.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Harris Corporation has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Harris Corporation has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Polycom has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Harris Corporation and Polycom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Harris Corporation 8.53% 23.49% 6.35%
Polycom -3.47% -3.73% -2.23%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Harris Corporation and Polycom’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Harris Corporation $5.90 billion 2.78 $1.40 billion $4.43 30.86
Polycom N/A N/A N/A $0.16 77.94

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Harris Corporation and Polycom, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Harris Corporation 0 1 5 0 2.83
Polycom 0 0 0 0 N/A

Harris Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $130.67, indicating a potential downside of 4.43%. Given Harris Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Harris Corporation is more favorable than Polycom.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.0% of Harris Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.4% of Polycom shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Harris Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Polycom shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Harris Corporation beats Polycom on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Harris Corporation

Harris Corporation is a technology company that provides products, systems and services that have defense and civil government applications, as well as commercial applications. It offers its products and services to government and commercial customer. It operates in four segments: Communication Systems, which serves markets in tactical communications and defense, and public safety networks; Space and Intelligence Systems, which provides complete Earth observation, environmental, geospatial, space protection, and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, as well as ground processing and information analytics; Electronic Systems, which offers a portfolio of solutions in electronic warfare, avionics, wireless and technology, among others, and Critical Networks, which provides managed services supporting air traffic management, energy and maritime communications, and ground network operation and sustainment, as well as information technology (IT) and engineering services.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. (Polycom) offers solutions for voice, video and content sharing and a line of support and service solutions. The Company operates in Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific (APAC) geographic segments. The Company’s video, voice and content-management and content-sharing solutions include applications for mobile devices, browser-based video collaboration, cloud-delivered services, conference room systems and home/work office solutions and immersive telepresence. It offers various products and solutions, which include UC Group Systems, UC Platform and UC Personal Devices. UC Group Systems includes group video, group voice and immersive telepresence systems. UC Platform includes universal collaboration servers, virtualization management, resource management, recording and streaming, and remote access technologies that constitute the RealPresence Platform. UC Personal Devices includes group video, group voice and immersive telepresence systems.

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