Universal Electronics (UEIC) vs. Panasonic (PCRFY) Critical Review

Universal Electronics (NASDAQ: UEIC) and Panasonic (OTCMKTS:PCRFY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

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Panasonic pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Universal Electronics does not pay a dividend. Panasonic pays out 11.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Universal Electronics and Panasonic’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Electronics $695.79 million 1.01 -$10.32 million $2.81 17.74
Panasonic $67.93 billion 0.50 $1.39 billion $0.60 24.23

Panasonic has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Electronics. Universal Electronics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Panasonic, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.0% of Universal Electronics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Panasonic shares are held by institutional investors. 5.9% of Universal Electronics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Panasonic shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Electronics and Panasonic’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Electronics -1.48% 11.65% 5.52%
Panasonic 2.22% 9.38% 2.79%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Universal Electronics and Panasonic, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Electronics 0 1 2 0 2.67
Panasonic 0 0 1 0 3.00

Universal Electronics presently has a consensus price target of $71.33, indicating a potential upside of 43.10%. Given Universal Electronics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Universal Electronics is more favorable than Panasonic.

Volatility and Risk

Universal Electronics has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Panasonic has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Universal Electronics beats Panasonic on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Universal Electronics Company Profile

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) develops control and sensor technology solutions and manufactures a line of pre-programmed and universal remote control products, audio-video (AV) accessories, and intelligent wireless security and automation components. The Company’s offerings include pre-programmed universal infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) remote controls that are sold primarily to subscription broadcasting providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), retailers, and private label customers, and integrated circuits, on which its software and universal device control database is embedded, sold primarily to OEMs, subscription broadcasting providers, and private label customers. Its offerings also include software, firmware and technology solutions that enable devices, such as televisions, set-top boxes, stereos, smart phones tablets, gaming controllers and other consumer electronic devices, to wirelessly connect and interact with home networks and interactive services.

Panasonic Company Profile

Panasonic Corporation is engaged in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions. The Company operates through five segments: Appliances, Eco Solutions, AVC Networks, Automotive & Industrial Systems, and Other. The Appliances segment is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of consumer electronics, air-conditioners, cold chain and devices. The Eco Solutions segment is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of lighting fixtures, lamps, wiring devices, solar photovoltaic systems, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment, air purifiers and nursing-care-related products. The AVC Networks segment is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of products, such as aircraft in-flight entertainment systems, personal computers, and social infrastructure systems equipment. The Automotive & Industrial Systems segment is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of automotive products, energy products, industrial devices and factory solutions.

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