Reviewing Sensata Technologies (ST) & Keysight (KEYS)

Sensata Technologies (NYSE: ST) and Keysight (NYSE:KEYS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Sensata Technologies has a beta of 1.52, suggesting that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Keysight has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sensata Technologies and Keysight’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sensata Technologies $3.31 billion 2.72 $408.35 million $3.19 16.46
Keysight $3.19 billion 3.19 $102.00 million $2.23 24.03

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

Profitability

This table compares Sensata Technologies and Keysight’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sensata Technologies 12.61% 25.32% 8.71%
Keysight 2.64% 18.19% 7.01%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.3% of Keysight shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Sensata Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Keysight shares are held by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sensata Technologies and Keysight, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sensata Technologies 0 5 6 0 2.55
Keysight 0 2 8 0 2.80

Sensata Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $56.45, suggesting a potential upside of 7.49%. Keysight has a consensus target price of $55.11, suggesting a potential upside of 2.84%. Given Sensata Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sensata Technologies is more favorable than Keysight.

Summary

Sensata Technologies beats Keysight on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sensata Technologies

Sensata Technologies Holding PLC would be operating as a holding company for Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. that develops, manufactures, and sells sensors and controls in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. It operates in two segments, Performance Sensing and Sensing Solutions. The Performance Sensing segment supplies pressure sensors, speed and position sensors, temperature sensors, and pressure switches. Its products are used in various automotive and heavy vehicle off-road (HVOR) applications comprising air conditioning, braking, exhaust, fuel oil, tire, operator controls, and transmission. This segment serves automotive and HVOR original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers. The Sensing Solutions segment manufactures various control products that are used in industrial, aerospace, military, commercial, medical device, and residential markets; and sensor products, which are used in aerospace and industrial applications, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as military and commercial aircraft. Its products include motor and compressor protectors, motor starters, temperature sensors and switches/thermostats, pressure sensors and switches, electronic HVAC sensors and controls, charge controllers, solid state relays, linear and rotary position sensors, circuit breakers, and semiconductor burn-in test sockets. This segment also manufactures direct current to alternating current power inverters, which enable the operation of electronic equipment when grid power is not available. It serves OEMs in the climate control, appliance, semiconductor, medical, energy and infrastructure, data/telecom, and aerospace industries, as well as aerospace and motor and compressor suppliers. The company was founded in 1916 and is based in Swindon, the United Kingdom.

About Keysight

Keysight Technologies, Inc. provides electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries internationally. Its Communications Solutions Group segment provides radio frequency and microwave test instruments and related software, and electronic design automation (EDA) software tools; oscilloscopes, logic and serial protocol analyzers, logic-signal sources, arbitrary waveform generators, and bit error rate testers; optical modulation analyzers, component analyzers, power meters, and laser source products, as well as optical amplifier, filter, and other passive component solutions; and related software solutions. The company's Electronic Industrial Solutions Group segment offers design and design verification tools; and general purpose test and measurement products, such as digital multi-meters, function generators, waveform synthesizers, counters, data acquisition products, audio analyzers, LCR Meters, thermal imaging solutions, low-cost USB modular units, precision source measurement units, ultra-high precision device current analyzers, test executive software platforms, and a range of power supplies. This segment also offers comprehensive manufacturing systems, such as printed-circuit-board-assembly testers and IC parametric testers; and material analysis products that include atomic-force and scanning-electron microscopy products. Its Services Solutions Group segment provides repair, calibration, and consulting services; and remarkets used Keysight equipment, as well as asset tracking, servicing, and utilization requirements throughout the product life cycle. The company also offers start-up assistance, instrument productivity, and application services, as well as customization, consulting, and optimization services. Keysight Technologies, Inc. sells its products through direct sales force, distributors, resellers, and manufacturer's representatives. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California.

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