Analyzing Preformed Line Products (PLPC) and MasTec (MTZ)

Preformed Line Products (NASDAQ: PLPC) and MasTec (NYSE:MTZ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.


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This table compares Preformed Line Products and MasTec’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Preformed Line Products 3.35% 5.33% 3.55%
MasTec 5.26% 17.67% 6.05%

Risk and Volatility

Preformed Line Products has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MasTec has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Preformed Line Products and MasTec’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Preformed Line Products $378.21 million 0.89 $12.65 million N/A N/A
MasTec $6.61 billion 0.57 $347.21 million $2.73 16.63

MasTec has higher revenue and earnings than Preformed Line Products.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

45.3% of Preformed Line Products shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.0% of MasTec shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.7% of Preformed Line Products shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.1% of MasTec shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Preformed Line Products pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. MasTec does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Preformed Line Products and MasTec, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Preformed Line Products 0 0 0 0 N/A
MasTec 0 1 11 0 2.92

MasTec has a consensus target price of $62.08, suggesting a potential upside of 36.75%. Given MasTec’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe MasTec is more favorable than Preformed Line Products.


MasTec beats Preformed Line Products on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Preformed Line Products

Preformed Line Products Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs and manufactures products and systems used in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground networks for the energy, telecommunication, cable operator, information, and other industries. The company offers formed wire and related hardware products to support, protect, terminate, and secure power conductor and communication cables, as well as to control cable dynamics; and hardware products to support and protect transmission conductors, spacers, spacer-dampers, stockbridge dampers, corona suppression devices, and various compression fittings for dead-end applications. It also provides protective closures, including splice cases to protect fixed line communication networks, such as copper cable or fiber optic cable from moisture, environmental hazards, and other contaminants; and plastic products comprising guy markers, tree guards, fiber optic cable markers, and pedestal markers to identify power conductors, communication cables, and guy wires. In addition, the company offers data communication cabinets, hardware assemblies, pole line hardware, resale products, underground connectors, solar hardware systems, and urethane products for use by energy, renewable energy, communications, cable, and special industries for various applications; and solar hardware systems and mounting hardware for various solar power applications, as well as fiber optic and copper splice closures. It serves public and private energy utilities and communication companies, cable operators, governmental agencies, contractors and subcontractors, distributors, and value-added resellers in the United States, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. The company markets its products through a direct sales force, as well as through manufacturing representatives. Preformed Line Products Company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

About MasTec

MasTec, Inc. is an infrastructure construction company, which engages in designing, building, installing, and maintaining infrastructures. It operates through the following segments: Communications; Oil and Gas, Electrical Transmissions; Power Generation and Industrial, and Other. The Communications segment performs engineering, construction, and maintenance of communications infrastructure primarily related to wireless and wire line communications and install to the home, and to a lesser extent, infrastructure for electrical utilities. The Oil and Gas segment performs engineering, construction and maintenance services on oil and natural gas pipelines and processing facilities for the energy and utilities industries. The Electrical Transmission segment serves the energy and utility industries through the engineering, construction, and maintenance of electrical transmission lines and substations. The Power Generation and Industrial segment engages in the installation and construction of power plants, wind farms, solar farms, related electrical transmission infrastructure, ethanol facilities, and various types of industrial infrastructure. The Other segment includes equity investees, as well as other small business units that perform construction and other services for a variety of international end-markets.The company was founded by Russell Burnup and Riley Sims in 1929 and is headquartered in Coral Gables, FL.

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