O2Micro International Limited (NASDAQ: OIIM) and SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares O2Micro International Limited and SemiLEDS Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
O2Micro International Limited -9.88% -7.21% -6.50%
SemiLEDS Corporation -182.84% -59.70% -30.13%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.1% of O2Micro International Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.6% of SemiLEDS Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of O2Micro International Limited shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 40.1% of SemiLEDS Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for O2Micro International Limited and SemiLEDS Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
O2Micro International Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A
SemiLEDS Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares O2Micro International Limited and SemiLEDS Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
O2Micro International Limited $58.53 million 0.73 -$3.83 million ($0.07) -23.57
SemiLEDS Corporation $8.53 million 0.93 -$4.18 million ($5.04) -0.44

O2Micro International Limited has higher revenue and earnings than SemiLEDS Corporation. O2Micro International Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SemiLEDS Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

O2Micro International Limited has a beta of 0.11, suggesting that its share price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SemiLEDS Corporation has a beta of 2.24, suggesting that its share price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

O2Micro International Limited beats SemiLEDS Corporation on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

O2Micro International Limited Company Profile

O2Micro International Limited designs, develops and markets power management components for the Computer, Consumer, Industrial, Automotive and Communications markets. The Company’s power management products include integrated circuits (ICs) for liquid crystal display (LCD) and light emitting diode (LED) lighting; control and monitoring of battery charging and discharging; direct current (DC)/DC and alternating current (AC)/DC conversion, and provide select and switch functionality between power sources. It offers a range of products, including desktop and notebook monitors, portable media players, digital cameras, battery management systems for power tools, electric bikes, low emission vehicles (LEV) applications, industrial personal computers (PCs), portable media devices, smart phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), global positioning system (GPS) units for navigational assistance in vehicles and electric and hybrid vehicle (EV/HEV) battery management.

SemiLEDS Corporation Company Profile

SemiLEDs Corporation develops, manufactures and sells light emitting diode (LED) chips and LED components. The Company’s products are used primarily for general lighting applications, including street lights and commercial, industrial and residential lighting. Its LED chips may also be used in specialty industrial applications, such as ultraviolet (UV), curing of polymers, LED light therapy in medical/cosmetic applications, counterfeit detection, LED lighting for horticulture applications, architectural lighting and entertainment lighting. The Company produces a range of blue, white, green and UV LED chips, including its Enhanced Vertical (EV) LED product series, ranging from chip sizes of approximately 380 microns (um) by 380um to 1,520um by 1,520um. It designs, assembles and sells lighting fixtures and systems for general lighting applications, including commercial, residential and industrial lighting. Its lighting products consist primarily of LED luminaries and LED retrofits.

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