NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) and Viasystems Group (NASDAQ:VIAS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for NeoPhotonics Corporation and Viasystems Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NeoPhotonics Corporation 0 2 5 1 2.88
Viasystems Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

NeoPhotonics Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $10.22, indicating a potential upside of 53.20%. Given NeoPhotonics Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe NeoPhotonics Corporation is more favorable than Viasystems Group.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NeoPhotonics Corporation and Viasystems Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NeoPhotonics Corporation $383.97 million 0.75 $11.53 million ($0.62) -10.76
Viasystems Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

NeoPhotonics Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Viasystems Group.

Profitability

This table compares NeoPhotonics Corporation and Viasystems Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NeoPhotonics Corporation -7.28% -9.35% -5.37%
Viasystems Group -2.73% -17.43% -2.95%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.2% of NeoPhotonics Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 17.3% of NeoPhotonics Corporation shares are held 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.

Summary

NeoPhotonics Corporation beats Viasystems Group on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NeoPhotonics Corporation

NeoPhotonics Corporation develops, manufactures and markets optoelectronic products that transmit, receive and switch digital optical signals for communications networks. The Company develops and manufactures Transmitter Products, Receiver Products and Switch Products that are used in ultra-high speed digital optical communications, high speed switching and provisioning, and access connections for wireless and fiber-to-the-home communications networks. The Company’s products are categorized into groups, including High Speed Products and Network Products and Solutions. The High Speed Products includes products designed for 100G and beyond for telecommunication and datacenter or content provider networks and applications. Its Network Products and Solutions consist of various products designed for applications below 100G, and include 40G products. The Company combines its transmitter and receiver products into Transceiver modules.

About Viasystems Group

Viasystems Group, Inc. (Viasystems) provides multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electromechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). The Company operates in two segments: Printed Circuit Boards and Assembly. The Printed Circuit Boards segment offers PCB products. The Assembly segment includes the Company’s E-M Solutions products and services. The Company has around 15 manufacturing facilities, including eight in the United States and seven located outside of the United States. The Company’s PCB products are produced at its eight domestic facilities, three of its five facilities are in China and one facility is in Canada. The Company’s E-M Solutions products and services are provided from other two facilities in China and one facility in Mexico. In addition to its manufacturing facilities, the Company maintains engineering and customer service centers in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Canada, Mexico and the United States to support its customers’ local needs.

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