Key Tronic Corporation (NASDAQ: KTCC) and Quantum Corporation (NYSE:QTM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Key Tronic Corporation and Quantum Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Key Tronic Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Quantum Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Key Tronic Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $9.25, indicating a potential upside of 31.95%. Quantum Corporation has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 79.86%. Given Quantum Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Quantum Corporation is more favorable than Key Tronic Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

Key Tronic Corporation has a beta of -0.1, indicating that its stock price is 110% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quantum Corporation has a beta of 2.4, indicating that its stock price is 140% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

41.6% of Key Tronic Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.7% of Quantum Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 7.1% of Key Tronic Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.6% of Quantum Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Key Tronic Corporation and Quantum Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Key Tronic Corporation 1.20% 5.17% 2.41%
Quantum Corporation 0.64% -7.26% 3.87%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Key Tronic Corporation and Quantum Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Key Tronic Corporation $467.80 million 0.16 $16.61 million $0.51 13.75
Quantum Corporation $505.92 million 0.38 $19.45 million $0.07 79.44

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

Summary

Quantum Corporation beats Key Tronic Corporation on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Key Tronic Corporation Company Profile

Key Tronic Corporation, doing business as KeyTronicEMS Co., is engaged in contract manufacturing for a range of products. The Company provides electronic manufacturing services (EMS) and solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of a range of products. The Company provides engineering services, procurement and distribution, materials management, manufacturing and assembly services, in-house testing, and customer service. The Company provides EMS services, such as product design, surface mount technologies (SMT) and pin through hole capability for printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), tool making, precision plastic molding, sheet metal fabrication, liquid injection molding, complex assembly, automated tape winding, prototype design and full product assembly. The Company’s manufacturing operations are located in Oakdale, Minnesota; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Corinth, Mississippi; Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and foreign manufacturing operations in Juarez, Mexico, and Shanghai, China.

Quantum Corporation Company Profile

Quantum Corporation focuses on scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for capturing, sharing, managing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. The Company’s end-to-end tiered storage solutions enable users to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. It works with a network of distributors, value-added resellers (VARs), direct marketing resellers (DMRs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other suppliers to meet customers’ evolving needs. Its scale-out storage portfolio includes StorNext software, appliances and full systems called StorNext Pro Solutions, as well as Xcellis workflow storage, QXS disk storage, Lattus extended online storage and Q-Cloud Archive and Vault services. Its StorNext offerings enable customers to manage large unstructured data sets in an information workflow.

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