Comparing National Instruments Corporation (NATI) & MiX Telematics Limited (MIXT)

MiX Telematics Limited (NYSE: MIXT) and National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.4% of MiX Telematics Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.2% of National Instruments Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.9% of National Instruments Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares MiX Telematics Limited and National Instruments Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MiX Telematics Limited 7.88% 7.08% 5.49%
National Instruments Corporation 7.76% 9.85% 7.35%

Volatility and Risk

MiX Telematics Limited has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Instruments Corporation has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

MiX Telematics Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. National Instruments Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. MiX Telematics Limited pays out 40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. National Instruments Corporation pays out 113.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for MiX Telematics Limited and National Instruments Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MiX Telematics Limited 0 2 1 0 2.33
National Instruments Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67

MiX Telematics Limited presently has a consensus price target of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 30.60%. National Instruments Corporation has a consensus price target of $34.67, suggesting a potential downside of 11.41%. Given MiX Telematics Limited’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe MiX Telematics Limited is more favorable than National Instruments Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MiX Telematics Limited and National Instruments Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MiX Telematics Limited $118.42 million 1.53 $22.73 million $0.35 22.97
National Instruments Corporation $1.24 billion 4.09 $185.46 million $0.74 52.88

National Instruments Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than MiX Telematics Limited. MiX Telematics Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Instruments Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

National Instruments Corporation beats MiX Telematics Limited on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MiX Telematics Limited

MiX Telematics Limited is a South Africa-based provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to customers. The Company’s operating segments include Africa, Europe, Americas, Middle East and Australasia, Brazil and Central Services Organization. The Company’s products and services provide enterprise fleets, small fleets and consumers with solutions for safety, risk management and security. The Company’s solutions include MiX Fleet Manager, which consists of an on-board computer, an online tracking and information portal, as well as access to fleet and driver reports and analytics; MiX SafeDrive provides In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IVMS) that monitor driver performance, identify unsafe behaviors and provide audible alerts; Matrix is focused on personal safety and consumer telematics through vehicle tracking-and-recovery products and services, and Beam-e, which is a wireless device that fits into vehicles, motorbikes or caravan.

About National Instruments Corporation

National Instruments Corporation (NI) designs, manufactures and sells systems to engineers and scientists. The Company offers a line of measurement, automation and control products. It offers products, technology and services, which include system design software, programming tools, application software, modular hardware products and related driver software, production test systems, NI education platform, software products for teaching and hardware products for teaching. It also offers NI Services, including hardware services and maintenance, software maintenance services, and training and certification. Its products are used across various industries in a range of applications, including research and development, simulation and modeling, prototype and validation, production testing and industrial control and field and factory service and repair. It serves various industries and applications, such as consumer electronics, commercial aerospace, telecommunications and others.

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