MaxLinear (NYSE: MXL) and QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QUIK) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for MaxLinear and QuickLogic Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MaxLinear 0 0 6 0 3.00
QuickLogic Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00

MaxLinear presently has a consensus price target of $30.42, suggesting a potential upside of 13.41%. QuickLogic Corporation has a consensus price target of $2.25, suggesting a potential upside of 40.63%. Given QuickLogic Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe QuickLogic Corporation is more favorable than MaxLinear.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares MaxLinear and QuickLogic Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MaxLinear $387.83 million 4.63 $61.29 million $0.26 103.16
QuickLogic Corporation $11.42 million 11.23 -$19.14 million ($0.19) -8.42

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

Profitability

This table compares MaxLinear and QuickLogic Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MaxLinear 4.73% 20.96% 11.82%
QuickLogic Corporation -120.37% -76.28% -49.70%

Risk & Volatility

MaxLinear has a beta of 0.47, meaning that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QuickLogic Corporation has a beta of -0.13, meaning that its share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.6% of MaxLinear shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.4% of QuickLogic Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.9% of MaxLinear shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of QuickLogic Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

MaxLinear beats QuickLogic Corporation on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About MaxLinear

MaxLinear, Inc. is a provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for cable and satellite broadband communications and the connected home, and wired and wireless infrastructure markets. The Company’s RF receiver products capture and process digital and analog broadband signals to be decoded for various applications. These products include both RF receivers and RF receiver systems-on-chip (SoCs), which incorporate its radio system architecture and the functionality necessary to receive and demodulate broadband signals, modem solutions, and physical medium devices that provide a constant current source, current-to-voltage regulation, and data alignment and retiming functionality in optical interconnect applications. It provides semiconductor solutions for the connected home, specifically Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) solutions. It sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), module makers and original design manufacturers (ODMs).

About QuickLogic Corporation

QuickLogic Corporation develops and markets semiconductor and software algorithm solutions. The Company’s solutions primarily target smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The Company is a fabless semiconductor provider of flexible sensor processing solutions, ultra-low power display bridges, and ultra-low power Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The Company’s solutions integrate multi-core processing, programmable logic, sensor fusion and context aware algorithms, and embedded software. The Company’s solutions are created from its new silicon platforms, including EOS, ArcticLink III, PolarPro 3, PolarPro II, PolarPro, and Eclipse II products, its mature products, which are produced on semiconductor processes over 180 nanometers, primarily include its pASIC 3 and QuickRAM, as well as royalty revenue, programming hardware and design software. Its sensor algorithm software includes SenseMe software library.

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