Fabrinet (NYSE: FN) and CyberOptics Corporation (NASDAQ:CYBE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Fabrinet and CyberOptics Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fabrinet 6.74% 14.95% 9.71%
CyberOptics Corporation 15.39% 8.31% 6.77%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fabrinet and CyberOptics Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fabrinet $1.33 billion 1.27 $121.84 million $2.38 19.08
CyberOptics Corporation $59.05 million 2.93 $5.33 million $1.27 19.65

Fabrinet has higher revenue and earnings than CyberOptics Corporation. Fabrinet is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CyberOptics Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Fabrinet has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CyberOptics Corporation has a beta of -0.35, suggesting that its share price is 135% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Fabrinet and CyberOptics Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fabrinet 0 0 4 1 3.20
CyberOptics Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00

Fabrinet presently has a consensus price target of $53.55, indicating a potential upside of 17.93%. CyberOptics Corporation has a consensus price target of $41.67, indicating a potential upside of 67.00%. Given CyberOptics Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CyberOptics Corporation is more favorable than Fabrinet.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.2% of Fabrinet shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.3% of CyberOptics Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of Fabrinet shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of CyberOptics Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Fabrinet beats CyberOptics Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fabrinet

Fabrinet provides optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical and electronic manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of products, such as optical communication components, modules and sub-systems, industrial lasers, medical devices and sensors. The Company offers a range of optical and electro-mechanical capabilities across the manufacturing process, including process design and engineering, supply chain management, manufacturing, complex printed circuit board assembly, advanced packaging, integration, final assembly and test. The Company’s customer base includes companies in industries that require precision manufacturing capabilities, such as optical communications, industrial lasers, automotive, medical and sensors. Its customers in these industries support end-markets, including automotive, biotechnology, communications, materials processing, medical devices, metrology and semiconductor processing.

About CyberOptics Corporation

Cyberoptics Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of sensing technology solutions. The Company’s products and services are used in the surface mount technology (SMT), semiconductor and three dimensional (3D) scanning solutions and services markets. Its products are sold into the electronics assembly, dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and flash memory, and semiconductor fabrication capital equipment markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells non-contact sensors and systems for process control and inspection, and general purpose metrology. The Company’s product offerings are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end user customers in the SMT circuit board assembly, semiconductor and general-purpose metrology markets. Its OEMs incorporate the Company’s sensor offerings into capital equipment serving these industries. The Company also sells standalone inspection systems that are sold directly to circuit board assembly companies.

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