Resonant (NASDAQ: RESN) and Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Resonant and Plexus Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Resonant $588,000.00 111.48 -$17.25 million ($1.48) -3.01
Plexus Corp. $2.51 billion 0.79 $174.67 million $2.96 19.81

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.1% of Resonant shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of Plexus Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of Resonant shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of Plexus Corp. 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.

Profitability

This table compares Resonant and Plexus Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Resonant -3,119.05% -150.42% -126.22%
Plexus Corp. 4.07% 10.76% 5.68%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Resonant and Plexus Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Resonant 0 0 3 0 3.00
Plexus Corp. 0 7 1 0 2.13

Resonant presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 79.37%. Plexus Corp. has a consensus price target of $57.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.81%. Given Resonant’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Resonant is more favorable than Plexus Corp..

Risk & Volatility

Resonant has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plexus Corp. has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Plexus Corp. beats Resonant on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Resonant

Resonant Inc. is a late-stage development company. The Company creates filter designs for radio frequency (RF) front-ends for the mobile device industry. The RF front-end is the circuitry in a mobile device for analog signal processing and is located between the device’s antenna and its digital baseband. The Company uses a technology called Infinite Synthesized Networks (ISN) to configure and connect resonators, the building blocks of RF filters. The Company uses ISN to develop new classes of filter designs. The Company is also developing a series of single-band surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter designs for frequency bands. The Company is developing multiplexer filter designs for over two bands to address the carrier aggregation (CA) requirements of its customers. In addition, the Company is also developing reconfigurable filter designs to replace multiple filters for multiple bands. The Company is also involved in the development of a filter reconfigurable between three bands.

About Plexus Corp.

Plexus Corp. (Plexus) and its subsidiaries are engaged in the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) industry. The Company delivers end-to-end solutions for customers in the Americas (AMER), Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. The Company’s segments are AMER, APAC and EMEA. The Company’s customer-focused solutions model integrates product conceptualization, design, commercialization, manufacturing, fulfillment and sustaining solutions. The Company delivers solutions to its customers through its product realization value stream. The Company provides a range of aftermarket services, including complex repair, refurbishment and product support for products it manufactures. The Company provides customer service to approximately 140 branded product companies in the healthcare/life sciences, industrial/commercial, networking/communications and defense/security/aerospace market sectors.

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