API Technologies (NASDAQ: ATNY) and Uni-Pixel (OTCMKTS:UNXLQ) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares API Technologies and Uni-Pixel’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
API Technologies N/A N/A N/A ($0.48) -4.17
Uni-Pixel $4.10 million 0.20 -$29.43 million ($0.70) -0.02

API Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Uni-Pixel. API Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Uni-Pixel, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Uni-Pixel shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Uni-Pixel shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares API Technologies and Uni-Pixel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
API Technologies -11.81% -30.24% -7.58%
Uni-Pixel -675.26% -627.00% -249.93%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for API Technologies and Uni-Pixel, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
API Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Uni-Pixel 0 2 0 0 2.00

Uni-Pixel has a consensus price target of $1.21, suggesting a potential upside of 10,900.00%. Given Uni-Pixel’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Uni-Pixel is more favorable than API Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

API Technologies has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Uni-Pixel has a beta of 0.66, indicating that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

API Technologies beats Uni-Pixel on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

API Technologies Company Profile

API Technologies Corp. (API) is engaged in providing radio frequency (RF) microwave, microelectronic, power and security solutions. The Company offers a range of RF, microwave, millimeter wave and microelectronics products ranging from components to complete system solutions. The Company operates through three segments. The Systems, Subsystems & Components (SSC) segment’s products include RF, microwave and millimeter wave products; microcircuits and microelectronics; electromagnetic integrated solutions, and power solutions. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment offers electronics manufacturing services (EMS) for defense, commercial and medical customers. The Secure Systems & Information Assurance (SSIA) segment develops and offers various secure network and hardware solutions, including TEMPEST and Emanation Security, ruggedized systems, secure access, information assurance products, as well as TEMPEST certification.

Uni-Pixel Company Profile

Uni-Pixel, Inc. develops and markets touch sensor films for the touch screen and flexible electronics markets. The Company’s roll-to-roll electronics manufacturing process patterns fine line conductive elements on thin films. The Company markets its technologies for touch panel sensor and hard coat resin for cover glass replacement, and protective cover film applications under the XTouch and Diamond Guard brands. The Company is engaged in the optical design and manufacturing of microstructured polymer film materials and related technologies for the display, flexible electronics and automotive industries. It makes transparent conductive films and flexible electronic films for high volume, roll to roll patterning of flexible thin-film conductor patterns. The Company sells the touch screen films under the brand XTouch, as sub-components of a fully assembled touch sensor module. The Company has developed a hard coat resin that can be applied using film, spray or inkjet coating methods.

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