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Critical Review: Vishay Precision Group (VPG) & Keysight Technologies (KEYS)

Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) and Keysight Technologies (NYSE:KEYS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, risk and dividends. Volatility & Risk

Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Keysight Technologies has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Profitability

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and Keysight Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vishay Precision Group 3.47% 6.19% 3.98%
Keysight Technologies 11.61% 22.62% 9.03%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.3% of Vishay Precision Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.0% of Keysight Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors.

6.4% of Vishay Precision Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Keysight Technologies shares are owned by insiders.

Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth. Earnings and Valuation This table compares Vishay Precision Group and Keysight Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vishay Precision Group £228.09 million 0.96 £28.55 million £0.59 28.14
Keysight Technologies £2.95 billion 2.69 £611.00 million £1.96 21.86

Keysight Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Vishay Precision Group.

Keysight Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vishay Precision Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks. Analyst Recommendations This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Vishay Precision Group and Keysight Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Keysight Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80

Vishay Precision Group presently has a consensus target price of £22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 32.53%.

Keysight Technologies has a consensus target price of £46.33, suggesting a potential upside of 8.15%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than Keysight Technologies. Summary

Keysight Technologies beats Vishay Precision Group on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks. About Vishay Precision Group Vishay Precision Group logoVishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sensors and sensor-based measurement systems, as well as specialty resistors and strain gages.

The Company operates through three business segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. Its Foil Technology Products segment includes foil resistor and strain gage operating segments. The Foil Technology Products segment’s brands include Alpha Electronics, Micro-Measurements, Powertron and Vishay Foil Resistors.

The Force Sensors segment includes load cells and force measurement transducers that are offered as precision sensors for industrial and commercial use. The Weighing and Control Systems segment designs and manufactures systems that consists of load cells and instrumentation for weighing and force control/measurement for a range of uses, including on-board weighing and overload monitor systems. The segment’s brands include BLH Nobel, KELK and VPG Onboard Weighing.

About Keysight Technologies Keysight Technologies logoKeysight Technologies, Inc. is a measurement company engaged in providing electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries. The Company provides electronic design and test instruments and systems and related software, software design tools and related services that are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronics equipment.

The Company operates through three segments: Communications Solutions Group (CSG), Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG) and Services Solutions Group (SSG). The CSG and EISG segments provide electronic design and test software, instruments, and systems used in the simulation, design, validation, manufacturing, installation and optimization of electronic equipment. The SSG segment provides integrated service solutions, including repair and calibration services, professional services and remanufactured equipment.

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