Comparing Intermolecular (IMI) & Rda Microelectronics (RDA)

Intermolecular (NASDAQ: IMI) and Rda Microelectronics (NASDAQ:RDA) are both small-cap semiconductors – nec companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.6% of Intermolecular shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.4% of Intermolecular shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intermolecular and Rda Microelectronics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intermolecular $47.30 million 1.54 -$15.43 million ($0.27) -5.44
Rda Microelectronics N/A N/A N/A $0.58 31.81

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Intermolecular and Rda Microelectronics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intermolecular 0 1 0 0 2.00
Rda Microelectronics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

Intermolecular has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rda Microelectronics has a beta of 0.4, suggesting that its share price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Intermolecular and Rda Microelectronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intermolecular -36.38% -34.24% -27.71%
Rda Microelectronics N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Rda Microelectronics beats Intermolecular on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intermolecular Company Profile

Intermolecular, Inc. provides thin film solutions. The Company’s high productivity combinatorial (HPC) platform, which consists of its tempus processing tools, its automated characterization methods, and its Informatics analysis software, is purpose-built for research and development (R&D) using combinatorial process systems. It develops technology and Internet protocol (IP) rights focused on materials, processes, integration and device architectures in collaboration with its customers. Its HPC platform consists of tempus HPC processing, automated characterization and informatics and analysis software. The Company offers a series of wet processing tools and dry processing tools. Its informatics software includes workflow management software, analysis and reporting software, security and collaboration management software, and integration services. It caters to semiconductor device, semiconductor materials and equipment and clean energy market companies.

Rda Microelectronics Company Profile

RDA Microelectronics, Inc. (RDA) is engaged in fabless semiconductor company, which designs, develops and markets radio-frequency and mixed-signal semiconductors for a range of cellular, broadcast, and connectivity applications. Its system-level property includes frequency modulation, Bluetooth, wireless fidelity, global positioning system, analog mobile television, china mobile multimedia broadcasting, digital audio broadcasting, and other radio-frequency components, including second generation and third generation transceivers, digital video broadcasting – terrestrial (DVB-T) and DVB- satellite tuners, and power amplifiers. It designs, develops and markets radio-frequency and mixed-signal semiconductors for a range of cellular, broadcast, and connectivity applications in consumer electronics devices, in mobile handsets. In March 2012, it acquired all of the baseband intellectual property of Coolsand Holding Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries (Coolsand).

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