Koninklijke Philips (NYSE: PHG) and General Electric (NYSE:GE) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Koninklijke Philips and General Electric, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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Koninklijke Philips currently has a consensus target price of $37.00, indicating a potential downside of 8.98%. General Electric has a consensus target price of $17.59, indicating a potential upside of 25.76%. Given General Electric’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe General Electric is more favorable than Koninklijke Philips.
This table compares Koninklijke Philips and General Electric’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional & Insider Ownership
6.8% of Koninklijke Philips shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% of General Electric shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of General Electric shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Koninklijke Philips pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. General Electric pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Koninklijke Philips pays out 58.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. General Electric pays out 45.7% 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. General Electric is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Risk and Volatility
Koninklijke Philips has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Electric has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Koninklijke Philips and General Electric’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Koninklijke Philips has higher earnings, but lower revenue than General Electric. General Electric is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Koninklijke Philips, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Koninklijke Philips beats General Electric on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Koninklijke Philips
Koninklijke Philips N.V. is the Netherlands-based health technology company. The Company’s segments include Personal Health businesses, Diagnosis & Treatment businesses, Connected Care & Health Informatics businesses, HealthTech Other and Legacy Items. The Personal Health businesses segment is engaged in the health continuum, delivering integrated, connected solutions that support healthier lifestyles and those living with chronic disease. The Diagnosis & Treatment businesses segment delivers precision medicine and treatment, and therapy. The Connected Care & Health Informatics businesses segment provides consumers, care givers and clinicians with digital solutions that facilitate care by enabling precision medicine and population health management. The HealthTech Other segment comprises such items, as innovation, emerging businesses, royalties, among others. The Legacy Items segment consists mainly of separation costs, legacy legal items, legacy pension costs, among others.
About General Electric
General Electric Company operates as a digital industrial company worldwide. It operates through Power, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, Lighting, and Capital segments. The Power segment offers technologies, solutions, and services related to energy production, including gas and steam turbines, engines, generators, and high voltage equipment; and power generation services and digital solutions. The Renewable Energy segment provides wind turbine platforms, and hardware and software; offshore wind turbines; solutions, products, and services to hydropower industry; and blades for onshore and offshore wind turbines. The Oil & Gas segment offers oilfield services, oilfield equipment, turbomachinery and process solutions, and digital solutions. The Aviation segment provides jet engines and turboprops; maintenance, component repair, and overhaul services, as well as replacement parts; and additive machines, materials, and engineering services. The Healthcare segment offers diagnostic imaging and clinical systems; products, services, and manufacturing solutions for drug discovery, the biopharmaceutical industry, and cellular and gene therapy technologies; and medical technologies, software, analytics, cloud solutions, and implementation and services. The Transportation segment provides freight and passenger locomotives, and rail and support advisory services; parts, integrated software solutions, and data analytics; software-enabled solutions; mining equipment and services; and marine diesel and stationary power diesel engines and motors, as well as overhaul, repair and upgrade, and wreck repair services. The Lighting segment offers light emitting diode products; and energy efficiency and productivity solutions. The Capital segment provides industrial and energy financial services; and commercial aircraft leasing, financing, and consulting services. General Electric Company was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
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