ARM (NASDAQ: ARMH) and Sparton (NYSE:SPA) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares ARM and Sparton’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ARM 33.10% 19.72% 16.87%
Sparton -0.43% 8.52% 3.03%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ARM and Sparton’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ARM N/A N/A N/A $0.96 70.59
Sparton $397.56 million 0.57 $1.31 million ($0.17) -136.00

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

Dividends

ARM pays an annual dividend of $0.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Sparton does not pay a dividend. ARM pays out 35.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for ARM and Sparton, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ARM 0 0 1 0 3.00
Sparton 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

19.7% of ARM shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.5% of Sparton shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of ARM shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Sparton shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ARM beats Sparton on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ARM

ARM Holdings plc (ARM) is a company engaged in designing a range of inter-related intellectual property (IP), including microprocessors, Physical IP, and supporting software and tools. Its product offering includes 16/32/64-bit reduced instruction set computing (RISC) microprocessors, data engines, graphics processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. The Company licenses and sells its technology and products to international electronics companies, which in turn manufacture, market and sell microprocessors, application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), application-specific standard processors (ASSPs) and microcontrollers (MCUs) based on ARM’s technology to systems companies for incorporation into a range of end products. Its principal geographic markets are Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific.

About Sparton

Sparton Corporation is a provider of design, development and manufacturing services for electromechanical devices, as well as engineered products complementary to the same electromechanical value stream. The Company operates through two segments: Manufacturing & Design Services (MDS) and Engineered Components & Products (ECP). The Company serves the medical and biotechnology, military and aerospace, and industrial and commercial markets. Its products and services include offerings for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and emerging technology (ET) customers, which utilize microprocessor-based systems, such as transducers, printed circuit boards and assemblies, and sensors, as well as development and design engineering services. It develops and manufactures sonobuoys, which are anti-submarine warfare (ASW) devices. The Company also manufactures rugged flat panel display systems for military panel personal computer workstations, air traffic control and industrial applications.

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