Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE) and Viasystems Group (NASDAQ:VIAS) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.


This table compares Park Electrochemical Corp. and Viasystems Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Park Electrochemical Corp. 1.74% 1.15% 0.68%
Viasystems Group -2.73% -17.43% -2.95%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.7% of Park Electrochemical Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Park Electrochemical Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Park Electrochemical Corp. and Viasystems Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Park Electrochemical Corp. $114.61 million 3.31 $9.28 million $0.31 60.55
Viasystems Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.74) -24.69

Park Electrochemical Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Viasystems Group. Viasystems Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Park Electrochemical Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Park Electrochemical Corp. and Viasystems Group, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Park Electrochemical Corp. 0 0 1 0 3.00
Viasystems Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Park Electrochemical Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.21%. Given Park Electrochemical Corp.’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Park Electrochemical Corp. is more favorable than Viasystems Group.


Park Electrochemical Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Viasystems Group does not pay a dividend. Park Electrochemical Corp. pays out 129.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

Park Electrochemical Corp. has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Viasystems Group has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Park Electrochemical Corp. beats Viasystems Group on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Park Electrochemical Corp.

Park Electrochemical Corp. is a global advanced materials company. The Company develops, manufactures, markets and sells digital and radio frequency (RF)/microwave printed circuit materials products principally for the telecommunications and Internet infrastructure and high-end computing markets and advanced composite materials, parts and assemblies and low-volume tooling products for the aerospace markets. The Company operates through integrated business units in Asia, Europe and North America. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are located in Singapore, France, Kansas, Arizona and California. The Company also maintains research and development facilities in Arizona, Kansas and Singapore. The Company’s foreign operations are conducted principally by the Company’s subsidiaries in Singapore and France.

About Viasystems Group

Viasystems Group, Inc. (Viasystems) provides multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electromechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). The Company operates in two segments: Printed Circuit Boards and Assembly. The Printed Circuit Boards segment offers PCB products. The Assembly segment includes the Company’s E-M Solutions products and services. The Company has around 15 manufacturing facilities, including eight in the United States and seven located outside of the United States. The Company’s PCB products are produced at its eight domestic facilities, three of its five facilities are in China and one facility is in Canada. The Company’s E-M Solutions products and services are provided from other two facilities in China and one facility in Mexico. In addition to its manufacturing facilities, the Company maintains engineering and customer service centers in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Canada, Mexico and the United States to support its customers’ local needs.

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