Reviewing IntriCon (IIN) and Vishay Intertechnology (VSH)

IntriCon (NASDAQ: IIN) and Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares IntriCon and Vishay Intertechnology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IntriCon $88.31 million 1.84 $1.80 million $0.29 80.69
Vishay Intertechnology $2.60 billion 1.03 -$20.34 million $1.43 12.97

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

Profitability

This table compares IntriCon and Vishay Intertechnology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IntriCon 2.04% 10.64% 4.41%
Vishay Intertechnology -0.78% 14.07% 6.80%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for IntriCon and Vishay Intertechnology, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IntriCon 0 1 2 0 2.67
Vishay Intertechnology 1 1 0 0 1.50

IntriCon currently has a consensus target price of $30.75, indicating a potential upside of 31.41%. Vishay Intertechnology has a consensus target price of $19.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.12%. Given IntriCon’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe IntriCon is more favorable than Vishay Intertechnology.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.5% of IntriCon shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.2% of IntriCon shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of Vishay Intertechnology shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

IntriCon has a beta of 0.14, suggesting that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vishay Intertechnology has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Vishay Intertechnology pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. IntriCon does not pay a dividend. Vishay Intertechnology pays out 18.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Vishay Intertechnology has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

IntriCon beats Vishay Intertechnology on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IntriCon

IntriCon Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, and distributes body-worn devices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Body Worn Devices and Hearing Health Direct-To-Consumer. It offers micro-miniature products, microelectronics; micro-mechanical assemblies; high-precision injection-molded plastic components; and assemblies and software solutions for medical bio-telemetry devices, hearing healthcare, and professional audio communication devices markets. The company also provides medical and micro coils for pacemaker programming and interventional catheter positioning applications; bubble sensors and flow restrictors that monitor and control the flow of fluid in an intravenous infusion system; and safety needle products for original equipment manufacturing customers. In addition, it offers professional audio headset products used for emergency response needs in the fire, law enforcement, safety, aviation, and military markets; and a line of miniature ear-and head-worn devices used by performers and support staff in the music and stage performance markets. The company sells its hearing device products, and medical and professional audio communications products directly to hearing instrument manufacturers, distributors, and partnerships; and microphone products to the radio communication and professional audio industries, as well as markets and sells hearing aid devices directly to consumers through direct mail advertising, Internet, and call center. IntriCon Corporation was formerly known as Selas Corporation of America. The company was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

About Vishay Intertechnology

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. manufactures and supplies discrete semiconductors and passive components in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MOSFETs) segment offers low- and medium-voltage TrenchFET MOSFETs, high-voltage planar MOSFETs, high voltage super junction MOSFETs, power integrated circuits, and integrated function power devices. The Diodes segment provides rectifiers, small signal diodes, protection diodes, thyristors or silicon-controlled rectifiers, and power modules. The Optoelectronic segment offers standard and customer specific optoelectronic components, such as infrared (IR) emitters and detectors, IR remote control receivers, optocouplers, solid-state relays, optical sensors, light-emitting diodes, 7-segment displays, and IR data transceiver modules. The Resistors & Inductors segment provides film, wirewound, power metal strip, crowbar and steel blade, variable, RF and microwave, high voltage, and non-linear resistors, as well as battery management shunts, thermo fuses, chip fuses, pryotechnic initiators/igniters, networks/arrays, dividers, temperature sensors, magnetics, and connectors. The Capacitors segment offers tantalum, ceramic, film, power, heavy-current, aluminum electrolytic, and energy storage capacitors. The company's semiconductor components are used for power control, power conversion, power management, signal switching, signal routing, signal blocking, signal amplification, two-way data transfer, one-way remote control, and circuit isolation functions; and passive components are used to restrict current flow, suppress voltage increases, store and discharge energy, control alternating current and voltage, filter out unwanted electrical signals, and other functions. It serves industrial, computing, automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications, power supplies, military/aerospace, and medical industries. The company was founded in 1962 and is based in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

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