Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) and Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE:RBC) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Kyocera Corporation has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Regal Beloit Corporation has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Kyocera Corporation and Regal Beloit Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kyocera Corporation 8.57% 5.24% 4.09%
Regal Beloit Corporation 6.29% 9.88% 4.79%

Dividends

Kyocera Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.47 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Regal Beloit Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Kyocera Corporation pays out 14.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Regal Beloit Corporation pays out 23.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Kyocera Corporation has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Kyocera Corporation and Regal Beloit Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kyocera Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Regal Beloit Corporation 0 5 5 0 2.50

Regal Beloit Corporation has a consensus price target of $86.33, suggesting a potential upside of 11.47%. Given Regal Beloit Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Regal Beloit Corporation is more favorable than Kyocera Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kyocera Corporation and Regal Beloit Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kyocera Corporation $12.70 billion 2.00 $965.73 million $3.19 21.63
Regal Beloit Corporation $3.22 billion 1.07 $203.40 million $4.53 17.10

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.6% of Kyocera Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of Regal Beloit Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Regal Beloit Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Regal Beloit Corporation beats Kyocera Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kyocera Corporation

Kyocera Corporation is engaged in various fields, from fine ceramic components to electronic devices, equipment, services and networks. The Company operates through seven segments: Fine Ceramic Parts Group, Semiconductor Parts Group, Applied Ceramic Products Group, Electronic Device Group, Telecommunications Equipment Group, Information Equipment Group and Others. The Company’s products include components for semiconductor processing equipment and flat panel display manufacturing equipment, information and telecommunication components, general industrial machinery components, sapphire substrates, automotive components, solar energy products, cutting tools, medical and dental implants, jewelry and applied ceramic related products, page printers and multifunctional products. It also offers information systems and telecommunication services, engineering business, management consulting business, materials for semiconductors, chemical materials and realty development business.

About Regal Beloit Corporation

Regal Beloit Corporation is a manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission products. The Company operates through three segments: the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment, with its principal line of business in medium and large electric motors, power generation products, high-performance drives and controls and capacitors; the Climate Solutions segment, with its principal line of business in small motors, controls and air moving products, and the Power Transmission Solutions segment, with its principal line of business in power transmission gearing, hydraulic pump drives, open gearing and specialty mechanical products which control motion and torque. It sells its products directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and end users. It operates distribution facilities in Plainfield, Indiana; McAllen, Texas; LaVergne, Tennessee, and Florence, Kentucky.

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