InvenSense (NYSE: INVN) and Uni-Pixel (OTCMKTS:UNXLQ) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for InvenSense and Uni-Pixel, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
InvenSense 0 3 1 0 2.25
Uni-Pixel 0 2 0 0 2.00

InvenSense currently has a consensus price target of $12.75, indicating a potential downside of 1.85%. Uni-Pixel has a consensus price target of $1.21, indicating a potential upside of 10,154.24%. Given Uni-Pixel’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Uni-Pixel is more favorable than InvenSense.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares InvenSense and Uni-Pixel’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
InvenSense N/A N/A N/A ($0.77) -16.87
Uni-Pixel $4.10 million 0.21 -$29.43 million ($0.70) -0.02

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.5% of InvenSense shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Uni-Pixel shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.2% of InvenSense shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Uni-Pixel shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
InvenSense -20.65% -18.29% -11.24%
Uni-Pixel -675.26% -627.00% -249.93%

Summary

InvenSense beats Uni-Pixel on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

InvenSense Company Profile

InvenSense, Inc. (InvenSense) is engaged in designing, developing, marketing and selling of sensor system-on-chip (SoC), including accelerometers, gyroscopes and microphones for the mobile, wearable, smart home, gaming, industrial and automotive market segments. The Company delivers solutions based on its motion and sound technology; focused on solutions, such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, console and portable video gaming devices, digital television and set-top box remote controls, fitness accessories, sports equipment, digital still cameras, automobiles, ultra-books, laptops, hearing aids, stabilization systems, tools, navigation devices, remote controlled toys and other household consumer and industrial devices. Its motion solutions detect and track an object’s motion in three-dimensional space.

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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