Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) and ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and ESCO Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vishay Precision Group $232.41 million 1.20 $31.01 million $0.72 29.24
ESCO Technologies $638.24 million 2.18 $108.39 million $1.98 27.25

ESCO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Vishay Precision Group. ESCO Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vishay Precision Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and ESCO Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vishay Precision Group 4.16% 7.25% 4.63%
ESCO Technologies 8.06% 8.36% 4.84%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Vishay Precision Group and ESCO Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
ESCO Technologies 0 0 3 0 3.00

Vishay Precision Group presently has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.26%. ESCO Technologies has a consensus target price of $66.50, suggesting a potential upside of 23.26%. Given ESCO Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ESCO Technologies is more favorable than Vishay Precision Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.5% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.1% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of ESCO Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ESCO Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Vishay Precision Group does not pay a dividend. ESCO Technologies pays out 16.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ESCO Technologies has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

ESCO Technologies beats Vishay Precision Group on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vishay Precision Group

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sensors and sensor-based measurement systems, as well as specialty resistors and strain gages. The Company operates through three business segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. Its Foil Technology Products segment includes foil resistor and strain gage operating segments. The Foil Technology Products segment’s brands include Alpha Electronics, Micro-Measurements, Powertron and Vishay Foil Resistors. The Force Sensors segment includes load cells and force measurement transducers that are offered as precision sensors for industrial and commercial use. The Weighing and Control Systems segment designs and manufactures systems that consists of load cells and instrumentation for weighing and force control/measurement for a range of uses, including on-board weighing and overload monitor systems. The segment’s brands include BLH Nobel, KELK and VPG Onboard Weighing.

About ESCO Technologies

ESCO Technologies Inc. (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging. The filtration segment’s activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Crissair, Inc. (Crissair), PTI Technologies Inc. (PTI), VACCO Industries (VACCO) and Westland Technologies Inc. (Westland). The Test segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Beijing Lindgren ElectronMagnetic Technology Co., Ltd., ETS-Lindgren Inc. and ETS-Lindgren OY. The USG segment activities are managed by its subsidiaries, including Doble Engineering Company, Doble PowerTest Ltd and Doble TransiNor AS. The technical packaging activities are managed by its subsidiaries, Thermoform Engineered Quality LLC (TEQ), Plastique Limited and Plastique Sp. z o.o.

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