Head-To-Head Analysis: Viasystems Group (VIAS) & IXYS (IXYS)

Viasystems Group (NASDAQ: VIAS) and IXYS (NASDAQ:IXYS) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Viasystems Group and IXYS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Viasystems Group -2.73% -17.43% -2.95%
IXYS 3.95% 4.34% 3.04%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

63.0% of IXYS shares are held by institutional investors. 23.6% of IXYS shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Viasystems Group and IXYS, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Viasystems Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
IXYS 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Viasystems Group and IXYS’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Viasystems Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.74) -24.69
IXYS $322.12 million 2.36 $21.34 million $0.71 32.46

IXYS has higher revenue and earnings than Viasystems Group. Viasystems Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IXYS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Viasystems Group has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IXYS has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

IXYS beats Viasystems Group on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Viasystems Group

Viasystems Group, Inc. (Viasystems) provides multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electromechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). The Company operates in two segments: Printed Circuit Boards and Assembly. The Printed Circuit Boards segment offers PCB products. The Assembly segment includes the Company’s E-M Solutions products and services. The Company has around 15 manufacturing facilities, including eight in the United States and seven located outside of the United States. The Company’s PCB products are produced at its eight domestic facilities, three of its five facilities are in China and one facility is in Canada. The Company’s E-M Solutions products and services are provided from other two facilities in China and one facility in Mexico. In addition to its manufacturing facilities, the Company maintains engineering and customer service centers in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Canada, Mexico and the United States to support its customers’ local needs.

About IXYS

IXYS Corporation (IXYS) is a multi-market integrated semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of power semiconductors, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), microcontrollers, systems and radio frequency (RF) power semiconductors. Its power semiconductors are sold separately and are also packaged in high power modules that consist of multiple semiconductor dies. Its power metal-oxide-silicon (MOS) transistors operate at greater switching speeds than bipolar transistors. Its ICs address the demand for analog, mixed-signal and digital interface solutions in communication and other industries and include microcontrollers, mixed-signal application-specific ICs. RF power devices switch electricity at the high rates necessary to enable the amplification or reception of radio frequencies. It manufactures and sells laser diode drivers, high voltage pulse generators and modulators.

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