Vishay Precision Group (VPG) & IntriCon (IIN) Critical Review

Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) and IntriCon (NASDAQ:IIN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Vishay Precision Group and IntriCon, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vishay Precision Group 0 1 1 0 2.50
IntriCon 0 1 2 0 2.67

Vishay Precision Group presently has a consensus price target of $34.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.16%. IntriCon has a consensus price target of $33.50, indicating a potential upside of 12.79%. Given IntriCon’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IntriCon is more favorable than Vishay Precision Group.

Risk & Volatility

Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IntriCon has a beta of 0.15, indicating that its stock price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vishay Precision Group 6.48% 9.27% 5.91%
IntriCon 3.21% 14.51% 5.88%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and IntriCon’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vishay Precision Group $254.35 million 1.90 $14.34 million $1.14 31.45
IntriCon $88.31 million 2.34 $1.80 million $0.29 102.41

Vishay Precision Group has higher revenue and earnings than IntriCon. Vishay Precision Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IntriCon, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.5% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.8% of IntriCon shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.2% of IntriCon shares are held by company 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.

Vishay Precision Group Company Profile

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets sensors, sensor-based measurement systems, specialty resistors, and strain gages in Asia, the United States, Israel, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Canada. It operates through three segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. The company's product portfolio includes foil resistors, foil strain gages, transducers, load cells, weighing modules, data acquisition systems, and weighing and control systems, as well as sensors that convert mechanical inputs into an electronic signal for display, processing, interpretation, or control by its instrumentation and system products. Its products are primarily used in the military and aerospace, medical, agricultural, steel, and construction sectors for application in waste management, bulk hauling, logging, scale manufacturing, engineering systems, pharmaceutical, oil, chemical, steel, paper, and food industries. The company markets and sells its products through original equipment manufacturers, electronic manufacturing services companies, and independent distributors, as well as directly to end-use customers. Vishay Precision Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

IntriCon Company Profile

IntriCon Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, and distributes body-worn devices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Body Worn Devices and Hearing Health Direct-To-Consumer. It offers micro-miniature products, microelectronics; micro-mechanical assemblies; high-precision injection-molded plastic components; and assemblies and software solutions for medical bio-telemetry devices, hearing healthcare, and professional audio communication devices markets. The company also provides medical and micro coils for pacemaker programming and interventional catheter positioning applications; bubble sensors and flow restrictors that monitor and control the flow of fluid in an intravenous infusion system; and safety needle products for original equipment manufacturing customers. In addition, it offers professional audio headset products used for emergency response needs in the fire, law enforcement, safety, aviation, and military markets; and a line of miniature ear-and head-worn devices used by performers and support staff in the music and stage performance markets. The company sells its hearing device products, and medical and professional audio communications products directly to hearing instrument manufacturers, distributors, and partnerships; and microphone products to the radio communication and professional audio industries, as well as markets and sells hearing aid devices directly to consumers through direct mail advertising, Internet, and call center. IntriCon Corporation was formerly known as Selas Corporation of America. The company was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

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