Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) and Control4 (NASDAQ:CTRL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.
This table compares Vishay Precision Group and Control4’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Vishay Precision Group||6.48%||9.27%||5.91%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Vishay Precision Group and Control4’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vishay Precision Group||$254.35 million||1.86||$14.34 million||$1.14||30.79|
|Control4||$244.73 million||2.62||$15.97 million||$0.75||32.81|
Control4 has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Vishay Precision Group. Vishay Precision Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Control4, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Vishay Precision Group and Control4, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Vishay Precision Group||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Vishay Precision Group presently has a consensus target price of $34.00, indicating a potential downside of 3.13%. Control4 has a consensus target price of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.97%. Given Control4’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Control4 is more favorable than Vishay Precision Group.
Risk & Volatility
Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Control4 has a beta of -0.3, meaning that its share price is 130% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
81.5% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.5% of Control4 shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of Control4 shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Control4 beats Vishay Precision Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Vishay Precision Group
Vishay Precision Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets sensors, sensor-based measurement systems, specialty resistors, and strain gages in Asia, the United States, Israel, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It operates through three segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. The company's product portfolio includes foil resistors, foil strain gages, transducers, load cells, weighing modules, data acquisition systems, and weighing and control systems, as well as sensors that convert mechanical inputs into an electronic signal for display, processing, interpretation, or control by its instrumentation and system products. Its products are primarily used in the military and aerospace, medical, agricultural, steel, and construction sectors for application in waste management, bulk hauling, logging, scale manufacturing, engineering systems, pharmaceutical, oil, chemical, steel, paper, and food industries. The company markets and sells its products through original equipment manufacturers, electronic manufacturing services companies, and independent distributors, as well as directly to end-use customers. Vishay Precision Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Control4 Corporation provides smart home and business solutions in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers Control4 solution that functions as the operating system of the home, integrating audio, video, lighting, temperature, security, communications, and other devices into a unified automation solution. Its Control4 product line comprises the Control4 home operating system and the associated application software, and software development kits (SDKs). The company's software components include Director for monitoring and receiving events; User Interface Application for operating system displays graphical user interfaces on televisions, in-wall and table-top touch panels, smartphones, and tablets, as well as list-based devices, such as remote controls with LCD text-displays; and Composer, a software application that enables trained and certified independent Control4 dealers and installers to design, configure, and personalize a Control4 home automation system for consumers. Its software components also comprise Control4 Drivers, as well as DriverWorks SDK, a SDK to develop and test custom two-way interface drivers to support the integration of a new device or device model into system, or to customize and enhance an existing driver; I/O servers; and 4Sight, a subscription service that enables end customers to remotely access, monitor, and adjust settings in their homes and receive event-based email alerts from their system. In addition, the company's products and services with embedded software include controllers, interface and networking devices, audio and video solutions, lighting products, comfort products, security products, and communication products. Control4 Corporation was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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