Head-To-Head Survey: Celestica (NYSE:CLS) & IEC Electronics (NYSE:IEC)

Celestica (NYSE:CLS) and IEC Electronics (NASDAQ:IEC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Celestica and IEC Electronics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Celestica $5.89 billion 0.18 $70.30 million $0.54 15.31
IEC Electronics $156.98 million 0.60 $4.75 million N/A N/A

Celestica has higher revenue and earnings than IEC Electronics.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.6% of Celestica shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.2% of IEC Electronics shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Celestica shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of IEC Electronics shares are owned by 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 Celestica and IEC Electronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Celestica -0.07% 5.11% 1.95%
IEC Electronics 3.30% 20.36% 5.85%

Volatility & Risk

Celestica has a beta of 2.17, indicating that its share price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IEC Electronics has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Celestica and IEC Electronics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Celestica 1 6 2 0 2.11
IEC Electronics 0 0 2 0 3.00

Celestica currently has a consensus price target of $8.55, suggesting a potential upside of 3.39%. IEC Electronics has a consensus price target of $10.25, suggesting a potential upside of 13.89%. Given IEC Electronics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IEC Electronics is more favorable than Celestica.

Summary

IEC Electronics beats Celestica on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Celestica Company Profile

Celestica Inc. provides design, manufacturing, hardware platform, and supply chain solutions in Canada and internationally. It operates through two segments, Advanced Technology Solutions, and Connectivity & Cloud Solutions. The company offers a range of services, including design and development, engineering, supply chain management, new product introduction, component sourcing, electronics manufacturing, assembly and test, complex mechanical assembly, systems integration, precision machining, order fulfillment, logistics, asset management, product licensing, and after-market repair and return services. It serves the aerospace and defense, industrial, smart energy, healthtech, capital equipment, enterprise communications, telecommunications, servers, and storage businesses. The company was incorporated in 1996 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

IEC Electronics Company Profile

IEC Electronics Corp., together with its subsidiaries, provides electronic manufacturing services in the United States. It specializes in delivering technical solutions for the custom manufacturing, product configuration, and verification testing of engineered complex products that require a level of manufacturing. The company manufactures a range of assemblies that are incorporated into various products, such as aerospace and defense systems, medical devices, industrial equipment, and transportation products. It serves medical, industrial, aerospace, and defense sectors through a direct sales force, as well as through a network of manufacturer's representatives. The company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Newark, New York.

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