SMC Corp JAPAN/S (OTCMKTS:SMCAY) and FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:FXTGY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
0.8% of SMC Corp JAPAN/S shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SMC Corp JAPAN/S and FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|SMC Corp JAPAN/S||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR||0||0||0||0||N/A|
SMC Corp JAPAN/S pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. SMC Corp JAPAN/S pays out 7.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR pays out 14.3% 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.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares SMC Corp JAPAN/S and FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|SMC Corp JAPAN/S||$5.34 billion||3.91||$1.23 billion||$0.93||16.67|
|FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR||$151.58 million||1.20||$6.89 million||$0.07||18.86|
SMC Corp JAPAN/S has higher revenue and earnings than FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR. SMC Corp JAPAN/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
SMC Corp JAPAN/S has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares SMC Corp JAPAN/S and FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|SMC Corp JAPAN/S||23.64%||12.16%||10.42%|
|FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR||N/A||N/A||N/A|
SMC Corp JAPAN/S beats FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About SMC Corp JAPAN/S
SMC Corporation manufactures, processes, and sells automatic control equipment, sintered filters, and various types of filtration equipment worldwide. The company offers directional control valves, air cylinders, rotary actuators/air grippers, vacuum equipment, air preparation equipment, modular F.R.L./pressure control equipment, lubrication equipment, fittings and tubing, flow control equipment, silencers/exhaust cleaners/blow guns/pressure gauges, and switches/sensors/controllers. It also provides static neutralization equipment, process valves, chemical liquid valves/fittings and needle valves/tubing, process pumps, process gas equipment, industrial filters/sintered metal elements, temperature control equipment, electric actuators/cylinders, high vacuum equipment, hydraulic equipment, and pneumatic instrumentation equipment. The company was formerly known as Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Co., Ltd. and changed its name to SMC Corporation in April 1986. SMC Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
About FOXTONS Grp PLC/ADR
Foxtons Group plc, an estate agency, provides residential property sales and lettings services in the United Kingdom. It operates through three segments: Sales, Lettings, and Mortgage Broking. The company is involved in short letting and corporate letting; and the provision of property management services. It also offers mortgage advisory services and related products. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
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