Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) and QLogic (NASDAQ:QLGC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitabiliy.

Volatility & Risk

Knowles Corporation has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QLogic has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Knowles Corporation and QLogic, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knowles Corporation 0 2 3 0 2.60
QLogic 0 0 0 0 N/A

Knowles Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $17.80, suggesting a potential upside of 8.14%. Given Knowles Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Knowles Corporation is more favorable than QLogic.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Knowles Corporation and QLogic’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Knowles Corporation $867.70 million 1.69 $141.40 million ($0.18) -91.44
QLogic N/A N/A N/A $0.75 21.43

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

Profitability

This table compares Knowles Corporation and QLogic’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Knowles Corporation -1.86% 6.69% 4.35%
QLogic 15.71% 9.67% 8.76%

Summary

QLogic beats Knowles Corporation on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Knowles Corporation

Knowles Corporation is a global supplier of micro-acoustic, audio processing and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Mobile Consumer Electronics (MCE) and Specialty Components (SC). MCE designs and manufactures acoustic products, including microphones and audio processing technologies used in mobile handsets, wearables and other consumer electronic devices. SC specializes in the design and manufacture of specialized electronic components used in medical and life science applications, as well as solutions and components used in communications infrastructure and a range of other markets. It has sales, support and engineering facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, and manufacturing facilities in Asia. It also offers acoustics components used in hearing aids, as well as high-end oscillators (timing devices) and capacitors.

About QLogic

QLogic Corporation (QLogic), designs and supplies server and storage networking connectivity products that provide and manage computer data communication. The Company’s products facilitate the transfer of data and enable resource sharing between servers, networks and storage. Its products are used in enterprise, managed service provider, consumer Web, and cloud service provider data centers. Its products are based primarily on Fiber Channel and Ethernet technologies and are used in connection with storage networks, data networks and converged networks. Storage networks are used to provide access to storage across enterprise environments. Fibre Channel is a technology for enterprise storage networking. Data networks are used to provide workstation-to-server, server-to-server, and server-to-storage connectivity using Ethernet. Converged networks are designed to address the data center by consolidating and unifying storage and data networks, using high-speed Ethernet.

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