Lantronix (NASDAQ: LTRX) and Belden (NYSE:BDC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Lantronix and Belden’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lantronix -1.83% 2.39% 1.64%
Belden 4.03% 17.52% 6.76%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Lantronix and Belden, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lantronix 0 0 1 0 3.00
Belden 0 5 5 0 2.50

Lantronix currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 105.13%. Belden has a consensus price target of $89.14, indicating a potential upside of 12.53%. Given Lantronix’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Lantronix is more favorable than Belden.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

16.7% of Lantronix shares are owned by institutional investors. 52.4% of Lantronix shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Belden shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lantronix and Belden’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lantronix $44.73 million 0.78 -$270,000.00 ($0.05) -39.00
Belden $2.36 billion 1.42 $128.00 million $1.45 54.63

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

Dividends

Belden pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Lantronix does not pay a dividend. Belden pays out 13.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Lantronix has a beta of -0.2, indicating that its share price is 120% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belden has a beta of 2.26, indicating that its share price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Belden beats Lantronix on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lantronix

Lantronix, Inc. is a provider of secure data access and management solutions for Internet of things (IoT) and information technology (IT) assets. The Company organizes its products and solutions into three product lines, including IoT, IT Management and Other. Its IoT products consist of IoT Gateways and IoT Building Blocks. The Company’s IT Management product line includes console management, power management and keyboard video mouse (KVM), products that provide remote out-of-band management (OOBM) access to IT and networking infrastructure deployed in test labs, data centers and server rooms. Its Other product line includes non-focus products, such as the xPrintServer, xSenso and WiBox. Its connectivity solutions serves a range of industries, including data center, medical, security, environmental and government. The Company conducts its business in approximately three geographic regions, including the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ).

About Belden

Belden Inc. is a signal transmission solutions provider company. The Company operates through five segment: Broadcast Solutions (Broadcast), Enterprise Connectivity Solutions (Enterprise), Industrial Connectivity Solutions (Industrial Connectivity), Industrial IT Solutions (Industrial IT), and Network Security Solutions (Network Security). The segments design, manufacture, and market a portfolio of signal transmission solutions for applications used in a variety of end markets, including broadcast, enterprise, and industrial. The Company’s portfolio of signal transmission solutions provides transmission of data, sound, and video for various applications. The Company’s sells its products to distributors, end users, installers, and to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company has manufacturing facilities in the United States, other manufacturing and operating facilities in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and St. Kitts, as well as in various countries in Europe.

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