Analyzing Plexus (PLXS) & Maxwell Technologies (MXWL)

Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) and Plexus (NASDAQ:PLXS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Maxwell Technologies and Plexus, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80
Plexus 0 5 1 0 2.17

Maxwell Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.57%. Plexus has a consensus target price of $60.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.21%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than Plexus.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

55.2% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.0% of Plexus shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of Plexus shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.13, meaning that its share price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plexus has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Plexus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -33.08% -30.48% -18.14%
Plexus -0.57% 11.24% 5.81%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Plexus’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $130.37 million 1.74 -$43.12 million ($1.21) -5.05
Plexus $2.53 billion 0.83 $112.06 million ($0.51) -122.82

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


Plexus beats Maxwell Technologies on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Maxwell Technologies Company Profile

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products. The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. It designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers. The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules.

Plexus Company Profile

Plexus Corp. (Plexus) and its subsidiaries are engaged in the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) industry. The Company delivers end-to-end solutions for customers in the Americas (AMER), Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. The Company’s segments are AMER, APAC and EMEA. The Company’s customer-focused solutions model integrates product conceptualization, design, commercialization, manufacturing, fulfillment and sustaining solutions. The Company delivers solutions to its customers through its product realization value stream. The Company provides a range of aftermarket services, including complex repair, refurbishment and product support for products it manufactures. The Company provides customer service to approximately 140 branded product companies in the healthcare/life sciences, industrial/commercial, networking/communications and defense/security/aerospace market sectors.

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