Kyocera Corporation (KYO) vs. Hollysys Automation Technologies (HOLI) Critical Survey

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) and Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ:HOLI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitabiliy, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

Kyocera Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Hollysys Automation Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Kyocera Corporation pays out 32.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hollysys Automation Technologies pays out 14.9% 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.

Risk & Volatility

Kyocera Corporation has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hollysys Automation Technologies has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kyocera Corporation and Hollysys Automation Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kyocera Corporation $12.65 billion 1.81 $1.64 billion $2.62 23.13
Hollysys Automation Technologies $441.65 million 2.60 $79.34 million $1.34 14.21

Kyocera Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Hollysys Automation Technologies. Hollysys Automation Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Kyocera Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.6% of Kyocera Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of Hollysys Automation Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Kyocera Corporation and Hollysys Automation Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kyocera Corporation 7.27% 4.30% 3.35%
Hollysys Automation Technologies 18.27% 11.65% 7.94%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Kyocera Corporation and Hollysys Automation Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kyocera Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Hollysys Automation Technologies 0 1 1 0 2.50

Hollysys Automation Technologies has a consensus price target of $18.70, indicating a potential downside of 1.79%. Given Hollysys Automation Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hollysys Automation Technologies is more favorable than Kyocera Corporation.

Summary

Hollysys Automation Technologies beats Kyocera Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kyocera Corporation

Kyocera Corporation is engaged in various fields, from fine ceramic components to electronic devices, equipment, services and networks. The Company operates through seven segments: Fine Ceramic Parts Group, Semiconductor Parts Group, Applied Ceramic Products Group, Electronic Device Group, Telecommunications Equipment Group, Information Equipment Group and Others. The Company’s products include components for semiconductor processing equipment and flat panel display manufacturing equipment, information and telecommunication components, general industrial machinery components, sapphire substrates, automotive components, solar energy products, cutting tools, medical and dental implants, jewelry and applied ceramic related products, page printers and multifunctional products. It also offers information systems and telecommunication services, engineering business, management consulting business, materials for semiconductors, chemical materials and realty development business.

About Hollysys Automation Technologies

Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. is a provider of automation and control technologies, and products. The Company’s segments include Industrial Automation (IA), Rail Transportation (rail), Mechanical and Electrical (M&E), and Miscellaneous. Its technologies are applied through its industrial automation solution suite, including the Distributed Control Systems, Programmable Logic Controller, Real-time Management Information System, HolliAS Asset Management System, Operator Training System, Batch Application Package, Advanced Process Control Package (HolliAS APC Suite), Safety Instrumentation System (SIS), railway signaling system of Train Control Center, Automatic Train Protection, Subway Supervisory and Control platform, nuclear power non-safety automation and control system HolliAs-NMS DCS and other products. It serves customers in the industrial, railway, subway, nuclear power, and mechanical and electronic industries in China, Southeast Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East.

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