Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) & Twin Disc (TWIN) Financial Survey

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Twin Disc (NASDAQ: TWIN) and Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ:ZBRA) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Twin Disc and Zebra Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Twin Disc $168.18 million 1.74 -$6.29 million ($0.41) -61.95
Zebra Technologies $3.72 billion 2.12 $17.00 million $6.40 23.11

Zebra Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Twin Disc. Twin Disc is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Zebra Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Twin Disc has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zebra Technologies has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.3% of Twin Disc shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.3% of Zebra Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 27.5% of Twin Disc shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Zebra Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Twin Disc and Zebra Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Twin Disc 0 1 0 0 2.00
Zebra Technologies 0 2 7 0 2.78

Twin Disc presently has a consensus price target of $28.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.24%. Zebra Technologies has a consensus price target of $150.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.43%. Given Twin Disc’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Twin Disc is more favorable than Zebra Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Twin Disc and Zebra Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Twin Disc 2.15% 7.53% 4.49%
Zebra Technologies 3.08% 47.70% 9.38%

Summary

Zebra Technologies beats Twin Disc on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Twin Disc

Twin Disc, Incorporated designs, manufactures, and sells marine and heavy duty off-highway power transmission equipment worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Manufacturing and Distribution. It offers marine transmissions, surface drives, propellers, and boat management systems; and power-shift transmissions, hydraulic torque converters, power take-offs, industrial clutches, and controls systems. The company also provides non-twin disc manufactured products. It serves customers primarily in the commercial, pleasure craft, and military marine markets, as well as in the energy and natural resources, government, and industrial markets through a direct sales force and distributor network. Twin Disc, Incorporated was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin.

About Zebra Technologies

With the unparalleled operational visibility Zebra provides, enterprises become as smart and connected as the world we live in. Real-time information – gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services – gives organizations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today’s data-centric world.

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