Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) and Aeroflex (NYSE:ARX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Impinj and Aeroflex’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Impinj -5.97% -1.15% -0.87%
Aeroflex N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Impinj and Aeroflex, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Impinj 0 3 4 0 2.57
Aeroflex 0 0 2 0 3.00

Impinj currently has a consensus price target of $35.80, indicating a potential upside of 53.78%. Aeroflex has a consensus price target of $22.50, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Aeroflex’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aeroflex is more favorable than Impinj.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Impinj and Aeroflex’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Impinj $112.29 million 4.35 -$1.67 million ($0.38) -61.26
Aeroflex N/A N/A N/A ($0.93) N/A

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.0% of Impinj shares are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of Impinj shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Impinj Company Profile

Impinj, Inc. is a provider of RAIN radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions. The Company sells a platform that includes endpoint integrated circuits (ICs), reader ICs, readers and gateways that enable wireless connectivity to everyday items, and software that delivers Item Intelligence from endpoint reads. The Impinj Platform connects billions of everyday items, such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, drivers’ licenses, food and luggage to applications, such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication, delivering real-time information to businesses about items they create, manage, transport and sell. The Impinj Platform wirelessly delivers information about these items’ identity, location and authenticity, or Item Intelligence, to the digital world.

Aeroflex Company Profile

Aeroflex Holding Corp. (Aeroflex Holding) is a provider of radio frequency (RF) and microwave integrated circuits, components and systems used in the design, development and maintenance of wireless communication systems. The Company’s solutions include microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment used by companies in the space, avionics and defense; commercial wireless communications, and medical and other markets. Its products include a range of RF, microwave and millimeter wave microelectronic components, integrated circuits (ICs), and analog and mixed-signal devices. It operates in two segments: Aeroflex Microelectronics Solutions (AMS) and Aeroflex Test Solutions (ATS). In February 2014, Aeroflex Holding Corp announced the acquisition of Shenick Network Systems. In September 2014, Cobham PLC completes Aeroflex acquisition.

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