NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) and O2Micro International Limited (NASDAQ:OIIM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

NeoPhotonics Corporation has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, O2Micro International Limited has a beta of 0.11, meaning that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.6% of NeoPhotonics Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.8% of O2Micro International Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 17.3% of NeoPhotonics Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.0% of O2Micro International Limited shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NeoPhotonics Corporation -7.28% -9.43% -5.36%
O2Micro International Limited -2.59% 0.01% 0.01%

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NeoPhotonics Corporation 0 2 5 1 2.88
O2Micro International Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A

NeoPhotonics Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $10.22, indicating a potential upside of 83.13%. Given NeoPhotonics Corporation’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe NeoPhotonics Corporation is more favorable than O2Micro International Limited.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NeoPhotonics Corporation $358.05 million 0.68 $338,000.00 ($0.62) -9.00
O2Micro International Limited $59.82 million 0.69 -$3.45 million ($0.07) -22.71

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

Summary

NeoPhotonics Corporation beats O2Micro International Limited on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

NeoPhotonics Corporation Company Profile

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.

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.

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