ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR (OTCMKTS: APELY) and HAYS PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:HAYPY) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR and HAYS PLC/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR $6.71 billion 0.75 $311.26 million $3.18 16.08
HAYS PLC/ADR $6.45 billion 0.55 $176.42 million $1.21 20.10

ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than HAYS PLC/ADR. ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HAYS PLC/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HAYS PLC/ADR has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.


ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. HAYS PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR pays out 7.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. HAYS PLC/ADR pays out 22.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR and HAYS PLC/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A
HAYS PLC/ADR 0 1 1 0 2.50


This table compares ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR and HAYS PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR beats HAYS PLC/ADR on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ALPS Elec Ltd/ADR

Alps Electric Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells electronic components worldwide. The company operates through Electronic Components, Automotive Infotainment, and Logistics segments. It offers sensors, switches, encoders, potentiometers, connectors, communication modules, multi control devices, power inductors, aspherical glass lenses, toroidal coils, touch input devices, actuators, and printers; and car navigation and audio systems, and information and communication devices. The company also provides transport, storage, export and import, and cargo handling services. It primarily serves automotive, home and mobile, healthcare, and environment and energy markets. The company was formerly known as Kataoka Electric Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Alps Electric Co., Ltd. in December 1964. Alps Electric Co., Ltd. was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.


Hays plc operates as a specialist recruitment company in the Asia Pacific, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and internationally. The company offers permanent, temporary, and contractor recruitment services, such as qualified, professional, and skilled recruitment to public and private sector. It specializes in offering recruitment services in the areas of accountancy and finance, construction and property, information technology, life sciences, sales and marketing, banking and capital markets, contact centers, education, engineering and manufacturing, executive, financial services, health and social care, human resources, legal, office professionals, energy, oil and gas, purchasing, retail, resources and mining, and telecoms. Hays plc was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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