Critical Survey: CLST (OTCMKTS:CLHI) vs. Avnet (NASDAQ:AVT)

CLST (OTCMKTS:CLHI) and Avnet (NASDAQ:AVT) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.8% of Avnet shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of CLST shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Avnet shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for CLST and Avnet, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CLST 0 0 0 0 N/A
Avnet 2 4 1 1 2.13

Avnet has a consensus price target of $30.43, indicating a potential downside of 19.95%. Given Avnet’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Avnet is more favorable than CLST.


This table compares CLST and Avnet’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Avnet -0.52% 3.40% 1.55%

Volatility & Risk

CLST has a beta of 2.07, indicating that its share price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avnet has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CLST and Avnet’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Avnet $17.63 billion 0.21 -$31.08 million $1.54 24.68

CLST has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Avnet.


Avnet beats CLST on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CLST

CLST Holdings, Inc. has no business operations. The company was formerly known as CellStar Corporation and changed its name to CLST Holdings, Inc. in March 2007. CLST Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is based in Dallas, Texas. CLST Holdings, Inc. is in liquidation.

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc., a technology solutions company, markets, sells, and distributes electronic components. The company operates through two segments, Electronic Components and Farnell. The Electronic Components segment markets, sells, and distributes semiconductors; interconnect, passive, and electromechanical devices; and other integrated components from electronic component manufacturers. It also offers design chain support that provides engineers with technical design solutions; engineering and technical resources to support product design, bill of materials development, and technical education and training; and supply chain solutions that provide support and logistical services to original equipment manufacturers, electronic manufacturing service providers, and electronic component manufacturers. In addition, this segment provides integrated solutions, such as technical design, integration, and assembly of embedded products, and systems and solutions primarily for industrial applications, as well as for intelligent embedded and innovative display solutions comprising touch and passive displays. Further, it develops and manufactures standard board and industrial subsystems, and application-specific devices that enable it to produce systems tailored to specific customer requirements. This segment serves various markets, including automotive, medical, defense, aerospace, telecommunications, industrial, and digital editing. The Farnell segment distributes kits, tools, and electronic and industrial automation components, as well as test and measurement products to engineers and entrepreneurs. It has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Avnet, Inc. was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

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