Plantronics (PLT) vs. Its Competitors Head-To-Head Survey

Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) is one of 66 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Plantronics to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Dividends

Plantronics pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Plantronics pays out 24.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 46.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Plantronics and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Plantronics $881.18 million $82.59 million 21.08
Plantronics Competitors $3.30 billion $346.31 million -136.82

Plantronics’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Plantronics. Plantronics is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Plantronics and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Plantronics 9.41% 20.12% 7.54%
Plantronics Competitors -3.94% -9.24% -0.97%

Volatility and Risk

Plantronics has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plantronics’ rivals have a beta of 1.17, meaning that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Plantronics and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Plantronics 0 1 2 0 2.67
Plantronics Competitors 396 2562 4099 165 2.56

Plantronics presently has a consensus target price of $57.33, suggesting a potential upside of 11.91%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 17.65%. Given Plantronics’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Plantronics has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Plantronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Plantronics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned 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.

Summary

Plantronics beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Plantronics Company Profile

Plantronics, Inc. (Plantronics) is engaged in the design, manufacture, and distribution of headsets for business and consumer applications, and other specialty products for the hearing impaired. The Company is a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of communications headsets, telephone headset systems, other communication endpoints and accessories for the business and consumer markets. The Company develops communication products for offices and contact centers, mobile devices, cordless phones, and computers and gaming consoles. Its product categories include Enterprise, which includes corded and cordless communication headsets, audio processors, and telephone systems, and Consumer, which includes Bluetooth and corded products for mobile device applications, personal computer (PC) and gaming headsets, and specialty products marketed for hearing impaired individuals. It offers its products under two brands: Plantronics and Clarity.

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