Head to Head Analysis: Epson (OTCMKTS:SEKEY) & Its Rivals

Epson (OTCMKTS: SEKEY) is one of 22 public companies in the “Computer peripheral equipment, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Epson to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Epson shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.1% of shares of all “Computer peripheral equipment, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.2% of shares of all “Computer peripheral equipment, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Epson and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Epson 3.31% 6.97% 3.51%
Epson Competitors -12.31% -14.91% -2.77%

Volatility and Risk

Epson has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Epson’s competitors have a beta of 0.61, indicating that their average share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Epson and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Epson $9.14 billion $430.69 million 14.95
Epson Competitors $1.47 billion $9.15 million 22.18

Epson has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Epson is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Epson pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Epson pays out 14.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Computer peripheral equipment, not elsewhere classified” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 30.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Epson and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Epson 0 0 0 0 N/A
Epson Competitors 140 759 1406 49 2.58

As a group, “Computer peripheral equipment, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 4.57%. Given Epson’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Epson has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Epson beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Epson

Seiko Epson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, sells, and provides services for products in the printing solutions, visual communications, wearable and industrial products, and other businesses in Japan, the United States, China, and internationally. Its Printing Solutions segment provides inkjet printers, serial impact dot matrix printers, page printers, color image scanners, large-format inkjet printers, industrial inkjet printing systems, printers for use in POS systems, label printers and related consumables, office papermaking systems, personal computers, and others. The company's Visual Communications segment develops, manufactures, and sells 3LCD projectors for business, education, and the home markets; high-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD panels for 3LCD projectors; and smart eyewear. Its Wearable & Industrial Products segment offers watches and watch movements; sensing systems and equipment; built-in sensors used in the personal health and sports fields, etc.; industrial robots and other production systems; and electronic devices. This segment also designs, manufactures, and sells electronic devices, such as crystal units, crystal oscillators, and quartz sensors for consumer, automotive, and industrial equipment applications; and CMOS LSIs and other chips primarily for consumer electronics and automotive applications, as well as provides metal powders and surface finishing services. Seiko Epson Corporation was founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Suwa, Japan.

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