Flex (FLEX) & Sparton (SPA) Financial Comparison

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Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX) and Sparton (NYSE:SPA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Flex and Sparton, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flex 0 1 8 0 2.89
Sparton 0 0 0 0 N/A

Flex presently has a consensus price target of $20.06, indicating a potential upside of 43.92%. Given Flex’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Flex is more favorable than Sparton.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Flex and Sparton’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flex $25.44 billion 0.29 $428.53 million $0.80 17.43
Sparton $397.56 million 0.47 $1.31 million N/A N/A

Flex has higher revenue and earnings than Sparton.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.4% of Flex shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.9% of Sparton shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Flex shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of Sparton shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Flex and Sparton’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flex 1.68% 14.32% 3.09%
Sparton -2.53% 13.59% 4.63%

Risk and Volatility

Flex has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sparton has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Flex beats Sparton on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Flex Company Profile

Flex Ltd. provides design, engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain services and solutions to original equipment manufacturers worldwide. It offers innovation services, such as innovations labs for supporting customer design and product development services from early concept stages; collective innovation platform, an ecosystem of technology solutions; Lab IX, a startup accelerator program; centers of excellence solutions in critical areas; interconnect technology center for printed circuits; and CloudLabs that enables customers to accelerate a spectrum of cloud, converged infrastructure, and datacenter strategies. The company also provides design and engineering services, including contract design and joint development manufacturing services, which cover various technical competencies, such as system architecture, user interface and industrial design, mechanical engineering, technology, enclosure systems, thermal and tooling design, electronic system design, reliability and failure analysis, and component level development engineering; and systems assembly and manufacturing services. In addition, it provides component product solutions, including rigid and flexible printed circuit board fabrication, and power supplies; after-market supply chain logistics services; and reverse logistics and repair services, such as returns management, exchange programs, complex repair, asset recovery, recycling and e-waste management for consumer and midrange products, printers, smart phones, consumer medical devices, notebooks, PC's, set-top boxes, game consoles, and infrastructure products. The company was formerly known as Flextronics International Ltd. and changed its name to Flex Ltd. in September 2016. Flex Ltd. was founded in 1990 and is based in Singapore.

Sparton Company Profile

Sparton Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides design, development, and manufacturing services for electromechanical devices; and engineered products in electromechanical value stream worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Manufacturing & Design Services (MDS), and Engineered Components & Products (ECP). The MDS segment is involved in the contract design, manufacture, and aftermarket repair and refurbishment of printed circuit card assemblies, sub-assemblies, full product assemblies, and cable/wire harnesses, as well as development of embedded software and software quality assurance services in connection with medical devices and diagnostic equipment. This segment serves original equipment manufacturers and emerging technology customers serving the medical and biotechnology, military and aerospace, and industrial and commercial markets. The ECP segment designs, develops, and produces proprietary products for domestic and foreign defense, and commercial applications. It offers anti-submarine warfare devices for the U.S. Navy and foreign governments; rugged flat panel display systems for military panel PC workstations, air traffic control and industrial, and commercial marine applications; and high performance industrial grade computer systems and peripherals, as well as develops and markets commercial products for underwater acoustics and microelectromechanical based inertial measurement. This segment also performs an engineering development function for the United States military and prime defense contractors. Sparton Corporation was founded in 1900 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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