Head-To-Head Contrast: Park Electrochemical (PKE) & Kimball Electronics (KE)

Park Electrochemical (NYSE: PKE) and Kimball Electronics (NASDAQ:KE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Park Electrochemical and Kimball Electronics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Park Electrochemical $114.61 million 3.10 $9.28 million $0.47 37.34
Kimball Electronics $930.91 million 0.48 $34.17 million N/A N/A

Kimball Electronics has higher revenue and earnings than Park Electrochemical.

Dividends

Park Electrochemical pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Kimball Electronics does not pay a dividend. Park Electrochemical pays out 85.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Park Electrochemical and Kimball Electronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Park Electrochemical 4.60% 4.69% 2.78%
Kimball Electronics 1.66% 9.65% 5.86%

Volatility & Risk

Park Electrochemical has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kimball Electronics has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.2% of Park Electrochemical shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.0% of Kimball Electronics shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of Park Electrochemical shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Kimball Electronics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Park Electrochemical and Kimball Electronics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Park Electrochemical 0 0 1 0 3.00
Kimball Electronics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Park Electrochemical presently has a consensus price target of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 36.75%. Given Park Electrochemical’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Park Electrochemical is more favorable than Kimball Electronics.

Summary

Park Electrochemical beats Kimball Electronics on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Park Electrochemical

Park Electrochemical Corp., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells high-technology digital and radio frequency/microwave printed circuit material products primarily for the telecommunications and Internet infrastructure, enterprise, and military/aerospace markets. It also provides composite materials, primary and secondary structures and assemblies, and tooling products for the aerospace markets. The company's printed circuit materials are used to fabricate complex multilayer printed circuit boards and other electronic interconnection systems, such as multilayer back-planes, wireless packages, high-speed/low-loss multilayers, and high density interconnects. It markets and sells its printed circuit materials to printed circuit board fabricators, electronic manufacturing service companies, and electronic contract manufacturers, as well as electronic original equipment manufacturers in the computer, networking, telecommunications, wireless communications, aerospace, military, instrumentation, and automotive industries. The company has operations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Park Electrochemical Corp. was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.

About Kimball Electronics

Kimball Electronics, Inc., a contract electronic manufacturing services company, engages in producing durable electronics for the automotive, medical, industrial, and public safety markets primarily in the United States, China, Mexico, Poland, Romania, and Thailand. Its engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain services include design services; rapid prototyping and new product introduction support; production and testing of printed circuit board assemblies; industrialization and automation of manufacturing processes; product design and process validation and qualification; reliability testing; assembly, production, and packaging of other related non-electronic products; supply chain services; and product life cycle management services. The company was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Jasper, Indiana.

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