Head to Head Contrast: NITTO DENKO COR/ADR (NDEKY) vs. AJINOMOTO INC/ADR (AJINY)

NITTO DENKO COR/ADR (OTCMKTS:NDEKY) and AJINOMOTO INC/ADR (OTCMKTS:AJINY) are both mid-cap 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, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of NITTO DENKO COR/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of AJINOMOTO INC/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

NITTO DENKO COR/ADR has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AJINOMOTO INC/ADR has a beta of 0.21, suggesting that its share price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NITTO DENKO COR/ADR and AJINOMOTO INC/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NITTO DENKO COR/ADR $7.73 billion 1.04 $786.40 million $2.43 10.53
AJINOMOTO INC/ADR $10.39 billion 0.90 $546.67 million N/A N/A

NITTO DENKO COR/ADR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than AJINOMOTO INC/ADR.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for NITTO DENKO COR/ADR and AJINOMOTO INC/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NITTO DENKO COR/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A
AJINOMOTO INC/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

NITTO DENKO COR/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. AJINOMOTO INC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. NITTO DENKO COR/ADR pays out 23.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares NITTO DENKO COR/ADR and AJINOMOTO INC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NITTO DENKO COR/ADR 9.88% 12.07% 8.95%
AJINOMOTO INC/ADR 5.03% 7.93% 4.10%

Summary

NITTO DENKO COR/ADR beats AJINOMOTO INC/ADR on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NITTO DENKO COR/ADR

Nitto Denko Corporation primarily engages in the adhesive tapes business in Japan and internationally. It provides double sided tapes, surface protective films, sealing materials/NVH related products, masking tapes, membranes, FPD/touch panel related products, gasket materials, semiconductor manufacturing process products, flexible printed circuit boards, porous films/breathable materials, and packaging tapes. The company also offers functional thermal transfer systems, such as labels, barcode label printers, and label printing software; tapes for electrical and electronic equipment; dust removal products for clean rooms; fluoroplastic sheets and tapes, and fluoroplastic porous films; and materials for housing and construction, as well as packaging machines. In addition, it provides medical products, including transdermal drug delivery patches, medical surgical products/supportive items, athletic tapes, medical surgical products/adhesive plasters sheets, adhesive tapes, and particles for nucleic acid synthesis. The company offers its products to automotive and transportation, housing/housing equipment, infrastructure, material, home appliance and electrical, display, electronic device, medical, packaging, and consumer/personal care industries. Nitto Denko Corporation was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.

About AJINOMOTO INC/ADR

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. provides various food products worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Japan Food Products, International Food Products, Life Support, and Healthcare. The Japan Food Products segment offers seasonings and processed foods for use in restaurants, frozen foods, and coffee products. The International Food Products segment provides seasonings and processed foods, frozen foods, umami seasonings for processed food manufacturers, and sweeteners. The Life Support segment offers animal nutrition products and specialty chemicals. The Healthcare segment provides amino acids, pharmaceutical intermediates and active ingredients, etc.; and fundamental and functional foods. The company also offers packaging, logistics, and other service; pharmaceuticals; and edible oil. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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