Everspin Tech (NASDAQ: MRAM) and Smart Global (NASDAQ:SGH) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Everspin Tech and Smart Global’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Everspin Tech $27.09 million 3.65 -$16.70 million ($1.82) -4.25
Smart Global $132.88 million 5.08 -$7.79 million N/A N/A

Smart Global has higher revenue and earnings than Everspin Tech.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

18.9% of Everspin Tech shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.8% of Smart Global shares are held by institutional investors. 32.8% of Everspin Tech shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Everspin Tech and Smart Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Everspin Tech -66.90% -108.26% -57.97%
Smart Global N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Everspin Tech and Smart Global, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Everspin Tech 0 0 2 1 3.33
Smart Global 0 0 6 1 3.14

Everspin Tech currently has a consensus price target of $16.67, indicating a potential upside of 115.33%. Smart Global has a consensus price target of $36.36, indicating a potential upside of 16.83%. Given Everspin Tech’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Everspin Tech is more favorable than Smart Global.

Summary

Smart Global beats Everspin Tech on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Everspin Tech

Everspin Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based provider of magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing and shipping discrete and embedded MRAM and spin-torque MRAM (ST-MRAM) into markets and applications. The Company’s products include 8-bit/16-bit Parallel Interface MRAM, Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), Quad SPI and Double Data Rate (DDR) 3 dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) Compatible MRAM – Spin Torque Technology. The Company’s MR10Q010 Quad SPI MRAM is a memory solution for applications that store and retrieve data and programs. Its DDR3 DRAM Compatible MRAM – Spin Torque Technology is designed to comply with all DDR3 DRAM features, such as on-device termination (ODT) and internal ZQ calibration. Its family of both parallel asynchronous input/output (I/O) and serial peripheral interface (SPI) products in densities ranging from 256 kilobyte (Kb) to 16 megabyte (Mb) is available in die form.

About Smart Global

Smart Global Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company through its subsidiaries provides specialty memory solutions. The Company manufactures memory for desktops, notebooks, servers and mobile memory for smartphones. The Company also serves original equipment manufacturer (OEM), customers to develop memory solutions. The Company also provides customized, integrated supply chain services to certain OEM customers to assist them in the management and execution of their procurement processes. The Company offers its products and services under a range of categories including dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) components, DRAM modules, flash components, mobile memory and supply chain services. The Company offers a range of DRAM modules including DIMMs, nonvolatile DIMMs, load reducing DIMMs, registered DIMMs, unbuffered DIMMs, small outline DIMMs, and mini-DIMMs.

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