Qualstar (NASDAQ:QBAK) and TDK (OTCMKTS:TTDKY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.
Volatility & Risk
Qualstar has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TDK has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings for Qualstar and TDK, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
TDK pays an annual dividend of $0.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Qualstar does not pay a dividend. TDK pays out 13.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Qualstar and TDK’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|TDK||$12.00 billion||0.90||$598.70 million||$4.73||17.52|
TDK has higher revenue and earnings than Qualstar.
This table compares Qualstar and TDK’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
16.4% of Qualstar shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of TDK shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.0% of Qualstar shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of TDK shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Qualstar beats TDK on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Qualstar Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and sells power supplies under the N2Power brand name; and data storage systems under the Qualstar brand in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. The company offers switching power supplies that are used to convert AC line voltage to DC voltages, or DC voltages to other DC voltages for use in electronic equipment, such as telecommunications equipment, machine tools, routers, switches, wireless systems, and gaming devices. It also provides data storage devices used to store, retrieve, and manage electronic data primarily in network computing environments, as well as provide data storage solutions for organizations requiring backup, recovery, and archival storage of critical data. The company's tape libraries include cartridge tape drives, tape cartridges, and robotics that move the cartridges from their storage locations to the tape drives under software control. It serves original equipment manufacturers, information technology departments, and lower and middle market companies through distributor and reseller network, distributors, and independent outside sales representatives. Qualstar Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Simi Valley, California.
TDK Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells electronic components in Japan, Europe, China, Asia, the Americas, and internationally. The company operates through Passive Components, Magnetic Application Products, Film Application Products, and Other segments. The Passive Components segment provides ceramic capacitors, aluminum electrolytic capacitors, film capacitors, high-frequency components, piezoelectric materials, circuit protection components, and sensors, as well as inductive devices, such as coils, ferrite cores, and transformers. The Magnetic Application Products segment offers hard disk drives (HDD) heads, HDD suspension assemblies, magnetic sensors, power supplies, and magnets. The Film Application Products segment provides energy devices, such as rechargeable batteries. The Other segment provides mechatronics production equipment, and other products. The company also develops and supplies ASIC products, as well as designs custom IC products. TDK Corporation primarily serves electronics and automotive markets. The company was formerly known as Tokyo Denki Kagaku Kogyo K.K. and changed its name to TDK Corporation in 1983. TDK Corporation was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
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