Rockwell Automation (ROK) & Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) Head to Head Comparison

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) and Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

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, Rockwell Automation has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Kyocera Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Rockwell Automation pays an annual dividend of $3.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Kyocera Corporation pays out 32.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Rockwell Automation pays out 50.8% 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. Rockwell Automation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Rockwell Automation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Kyocera Corporation and Rockwell Automation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kyocera Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Rockwell Automation 1 11 2 0 2.07

Rockwell Automation has a consensus price target of $140.77, indicating a potential downside of 14.39%. Given Rockwell Automation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Rockwell Automation is more favorable than Kyocera Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Kyocera Corporation and Rockwell Automation’s 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%
Rockwell Automation 12.88% 39.71% 11.81%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.6% of Kyocera Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.9% of Rockwell Automation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Rockwell Automation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kyocera Corporation and Rockwell Automation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kyocera Corporation $12.70 billion 1.70 $1.65 billion $2.62 21.79
Rockwell Automation $6.06 billion 3.50 $1.21 billion $5.99 27.45

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

Summary

Rockwell Automation beats Kyocera Corporation on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kyocera Corporation Company Profile

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.

Rockwell Automation Company Profile

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (Rockwell Automation) is a provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions for manufacturers. The Company operates through two segments: Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. The Architecture & Software segment contains various hardware, software and communication components of the Company’s integrated control and information architecture capable of controlling the customer’s industrial processes and connecting with their manufacturing enterprise. Architecture & Software has a portfolio of products, including Control platforms that perform multiple control disciplines and monitoring of applications, including discrete, batch and continuous process, drives control, motion control and machine safety control. The Control Products & Solutions segment portfolio includes low and medium voltage electro-mechanical and electronic motor starters, signaling devices, termination and protection devices, relays and timers.

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