Park Electrochemical (NYSE: PKE) and PLX Technology (NASDAQ:PLXT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Park Electrochemical and PLX Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Park Electrochemical 5.63% 5.12% 3.02%
PLX Technology N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Park Electrochemical and PLX Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Park Electrochemical $114.61 million 3.38 $9.28 million $0.31 61.71
PLX Technology N/A N/A N/A $0.10 N/A

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.8% of Park Electrochemical shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of Park Electrochemical shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Park Electrochemical and PLX Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Park Electrochemical 0 0 1 0 3.00
PLX Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Park Electrochemical presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.00%.

Dividends

Park Electrochemical pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. PLX Technology does not pay a dividend. Park Electrochemical 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.

Summary

Park Electrochemical beats PLX Technology on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Park Electrochemical Company Profile

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.

PLX Technology Company Profile

PLX Technology, Inc. (PLX) is engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing, and selling integrated circuits that perform critical system connectivity functions. The Company markets its products to customers that sell electronic systems in the enterprise, consumer, server, storage, communications, personal computer (PC) peripheral and embedded markets. PLX also provides a range of connectivity bridges that allow systems that conform to different standards communicate with each other, and to enable customer field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) with non-standard interfaces to connect up to the mainstream interconnects. PLX offers a solution consisting of semiconductor devices, software development kits, hardware design kits, software drivers and firmware solutions. In July 2012, Entropic Communications Inc. acquired specific direct broadcast satellite intellectual property and corresponding technologies from the Company.

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