CTS (NYSE: CTS) and Jabil (NYSE:JBL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
95.9% of CTS shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.8% of Jabil shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of CTS shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of Jabil shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares CTS and Jabil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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CTS pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Jabil pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. CTS pays out 13.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Jabil pays out 17.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for CTS and Jabil, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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Jabil has a consensus target price of $32.78, indicating a potential upside of 11.68%. Given Jabil’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Jabil is more favorable than CTS.
Volatility and Risk
CTS has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jabil has a beta of 0.41, meaning that its stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares CTS and Jabil’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Jabil has higher revenue and earnings than CTS. Jabil is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CTS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Jabil beats CTS on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
CTS Company Profile
CTS Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells a range of sensors, electronic components, and actuators primarily to original equipment manufacturers for the aerospace, defense, communications, industrial, information technology, medical, and transportation markets. The company offers sensors and actuators used in passenger or consumer vehicles; electronic components used in communications infrastructure, information technology and other high-speed applications, switches, and potentiometers supplied to various markets; and fabricated piezoelectric materials and substrates used primarily in medical, industrial, defense and aerospace, and information technology markets. It markets its products through its sales engineers, independent manufacturers' representatives, and distributors in China, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, Scotland, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, the Czech Republic, and internationally. The company was founded in 1896 and is based in Lisle, Illinois.
Jabil Company Profile
Jabil Inc. provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Electronics Manufacturing Services and Diversified Manufacturing Services. It offers electronics design, production, and product management services. The company provides electronic circuit design services, such as application-specific integrated circuit design, firmware development and rapid prototyping services; and designs plastic and metal enclosures that include the electro-mechanics, such as the printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA). It also specializes in three-dimensional mechanical design comprising the analysis of electronic, electro-mechanical, and optical assemblies, as well as offers various industrial design, advance mechanism development, and tooling management services. In addition, the company provides computer-assisted design services consisting of PCBA design, and PCBA design validation and verification services; and other consulting services, such as the generation of a bill of materials, approved vendor list, and assembly equipment configuration for various PCBA designs. Further, it offers product and process validation services that include product system, product safety, regulatory compliance, and reliability tests, as well as manufacturing test solution development services. Additionally, the company offers systems assembly, test, direct-order fulfillment, and configure-to-order services. It serves automotive and transportation, capital equipment, consumer lifestyles and wearable technologies, computing and storage, defense and aerospace, digital home, healthcare, industrial and energy, mobility, networking and telecommunications, packaging, point of sale, and printing industries. The company was formerly known as Jabil Circuit, Inc. and changed its name to Jabil Inc. in June 2017. Jabil Inc. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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