Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) and Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Plantronics and Polycom, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Plantronics 0 1 3 0 2.75
Polycom 0 0 0 0 N/A

Plantronics presently has a consensus target price of $58.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.93%. Given Plantronics’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Plantronics is more favorable than Polycom.

Dividends

Plantronics pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Polycom does not pay a dividend. Plantronics pays out 24.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Plantronics and Polycom’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Plantronics $881.18 million 2.02 $82.59 million $2.43 22.12
Polycom N/A N/A N/A $0.16 77.94

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

Volatility & Risk

Plantronics has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Polycom has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Plantronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.4% of Polycom shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Plantronics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Polycom shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Plantronics and Polycom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Plantronics 9.41% 20.12% 7.54%
Polycom -3.47% -3.73% -2.23%

Summary

Plantronics beats Polycom on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Plantronics Company Profile

Plantronics, Inc. (Plantronics) is engaged in the design, manufacture, and distribution of headsets for business and consumer applications, and other specialty products for the hearing impaired. The Company is a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of communications headsets, telephone headset systems, other communication endpoints and accessories for the business and consumer markets. The Company develops communication products for offices and contact centers, mobile devices, cordless phones, and computers and gaming consoles. Its product categories include Enterprise, which includes corded and cordless communication headsets, audio processors, and telephone systems, and Consumer, which includes Bluetooth and corded products for mobile device applications, personal computer (PC) and gaming headsets, and specialty products marketed for hearing impaired individuals. It offers its products under two brands: Plantronics and Clarity.

Polycom Company Profile

Polycom, Inc. (Polycom) offers solutions for voice, video and content sharing and a line of support and service solutions. The Company operates in Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific (APAC) geographic segments. The Company’s video, voice and content-management and content-sharing solutions include applications for mobile devices, browser-based video collaboration, cloud-delivered services, conference room systems and home/work office solutions and immersive telepresence. It offers various products and solutions, which include UC Group Systems, UC Platform and UC Personal Devices. UC Group Systems includes group video, group voice and immersive telepresence systems. UC Platform includes universal collaboration servers, virtualization management, resource management, recording and streaming, and remote access technologies that constitute the RealPresence Platform. UC Personal Devices includes group video, group voice and immersive telepresence systems.

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