Orbotech (NASDAQ: ORBK) and General Cable (NYSE:BGC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Orbotech and General Cable’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Orbotech 14.69% 15.98% 11.22%
General Cable -1.48% 45.96% 2.83%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Orbotech and General Cable’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Orbotech $900.86 million 3.22 $132.38 million $2.71 22.10
General Cable $3.84 billion 0.39 -$56.60 million ($1.15) -25.83

Orbotech has higher earnings, but lower revenue than General Cable. General Cable is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Orbotech, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Orbotech has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Cable has a beta of 2.63, suggesting that its share price is 163% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

General Cable pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Orbotech does not pay a dividend. General Cable pays out -62.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Orbotech and General Cable, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Orbotech 0 1 8 0 2.89
General Cable 0 0 0 0 N/A

Orbotech presently has a consensus target price of $53.50, indicating a potential downside of 10.68%. Given Orbotech’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Orbotech is more favorable than General Cable.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.7% of Orbotech shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.4% of General Cable shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Orbotech shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of General Cable shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Orbotech beats General Cable on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Orbotech Company Profile

Orbotech Ltd. is a supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Company provides cutting-edge solutions for use in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs), flat panel displays (FPDs) and semiconductor devices (SDs). The Company’s segments include Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry, Solar Energy and Recognition Software. The Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Solar Energy segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of solar photovoltaic energy systems that produce electricity directly from sunlight. The Recognition Software segment is engaged in the development and marketing of check processing and healthcare payment automation solutions.

General Cable Company Profile

General Cable Corporation is engaged in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for use in the energy, industrial, construction, specialty and communications markets. The Company’s segments include North America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa/Asia Pacific. The Company produces and sells to a range of end markets, including markets for electric utility, electrical infrastructure, communications, construction and rod mill products. As of December 31, 2016, the North America segment included 17 manufacturing facilities across the region. The Europe segment consists of six manufacturing facilities across the region. The Latin America segment consists of six manufacturing facilities across the region. The Africa/Asia Pacific segment consists of four manufacturing facilities across the segment.

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