IEC Electronics Corp (NYSE: IEC) and IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for IEC Electronics Corp and IXYS Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IEC Electronics Corp 0 1 2 0 2.67
IXYS Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

IEC Electronics Corp presently has a consensus target price of $5.10, suggesting a potential upside of 12.96%. Given IEC Electronics Corp’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe IEC Electronics Corp is more favorable than IXYS Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.8% of IXYS Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 23.6% of IXYS Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares IEC Electronics Corp and IXYS Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IEC Electronics Corp 3.04% 24.24% 6.33%
IXYS Corporation 7.33% 9.40% 6.45%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IEC Electronics Corp and IXYS Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IEC Electronics Corp $97.25 million 0.48 $3.44 million N/A N/A
IXYS Corporation $325.03 million 2.46 $43.76 million $0.73 33.63

IXYS Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than IEC Electronics Corp.

Summary

IXYS Corporation beats IEC Electronics Corp on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IEC Electronics Corp

IEC Electronics Corp. provides electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to a range of technology companies that produce life-saving and mission critical products for the medical, industrial, aerospace and defense sectors. The Company specializes in delivering technical solutions for the custom manufacture of full system assemblies by providing on-site analytical testing laboratories, custom design and test engineering services combined with an array of manufacturing services encompassing electronics, interconnect solutions and precision metalworking. It offers its customers a range of manufacturing services, combined with scientific technical support to ensure their products perform for the critical applications they are intended for. Its products are distributed to and through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Its capabilities include design and test development, analysis and testing laboratory, custom functional test design and component risk mitigation.

About IXYS Corporation

IXYS Corporation (IXYS) is a multi-market integrated semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of power semiconductors, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), microcontrollers, systems and radio frequency (RF) power semiconductors. Its power semiconductors are sold separately and are also packaged in high power modules that consist of multiple semiconductor dies. Its power metal-oxide-silicon (MOS) transistors operate at greater switching speeds than bipolar transistors. Its ICs address the demand for analog, mixed-signal and digital interface solutions in communication and other industries and include microcontrollers, mixed-signal application-specific ICs. RF power devices switch electricity at the high rates necessary to enable the amplification or reception of radio frequencies. It manufactures and sells laser diode drivers, high voltage pulse generators and modulators.

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