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

Profitability

This table compares O2Micro International Limited and TTM Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
O2Micro International Limited -2.59% 0.01% 0.01%
TTM Technologies 2.97% 17.05% 5.79%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
O2Micro International Limited $59.82 million 0.69 -$3.45 million ($0.07) -22.71
TTM Technologies $2.60 billion 0.57 $395.21 million $0.72 20.38

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for O2Micro International Limited and TTM Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
O2Micro International Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A
TTM Technologies 0 0 2 1 3.33

TTM Technologies has a consensus target price of $20.50, indicating a potential upside of 39.69%. Given TTM Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe TTM Technologies is more favorable than O2Micro International Limited.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.1% of O2Micro International Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.2% of TTM Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of O2Micro International Limited shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 28.4% of TTM Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

O2Micro International Limited has a beta of 0.16, suggesting that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TTM Technologies has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

TTM Technologies beats O2Micro International Limited on 12 of the 13 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.

TTM Technologies Company Profile

TTM Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer of printed circuit board (PCB) products and is focused on technologically advanced PCBs and electro-mechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). As of January 2, 2017, the Company operated a total of 25 specialized facilities in North America and China. The Company’s segments include PCB, E-M Solutions and Corporate. As of January 2, 2017, the PCB segment included 13 domestic PCB fabrication plants, including a facility that provides follow-on value-added services primarily for one of the PCB fabrication plants; eight PCB fabrication plants in China and one in Canada. As of January 2, 2017, the E-M Solutions included three custom electronic assembly plants in China. The Company offers a range of PCB products, including conventional PCBs, high density interconnect (HDI) PCBs, flexible PCBs, rigid-flex PCBs, custom assemblies and system integration, and integrated circuits (IC) substrates.

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