Analyzing MoSys (MOSY) & Smart Global (SGH)

MoSys (NASDAQ:MOSY) and Smart Global (NASDAQ:SGH) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Volatility and Risk

MoSys has a beta of 0.03, meaning that its share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smart Global has a beta of -0.39, meaning that its share price is 139% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MoSys and Smart Global’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MoSys $8.84 million 0.20 -$10.66 million N/A N/A
Smart Global $132.88 million 5.49 -$7.79 million $2.04 16.04

Smart Global has higher revenue and earnings than MoSys.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for MoSys and Smart Global, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MoSys 0 0 1 0 3.00
Smart Global 0 1 5 0 2.83

Smart Global has a consensus price target of $56.17, suggesting a potential upside of 71.66%. Given Smart Global’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Smart Global is more favorable than MoSys.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.3% of MoSys shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.5% of Smart Global shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of MoSys shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Smart Global shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MoSys -10.67% -14.95% -5.27%
Smart Global 6.99% 94.82% 21.43%


Smart Global beats MoSys on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

MoSys Company Profile

MoSys, Inc., a semiconductor company, develops and sells integrated circuits (ICs) for the high-speed cloud networking, communications, security appliance, video, monitor and test, data center, and computing markets. The company offers memory-dominated ICs under the Bandwidth Engine and Programmable Search Engine names. It serves networking, communications, and data center equipment providers, as well as their subsystem and component vendors; and original equipment manufacturers through direct sales personnel, sales representatives, and distributors in North America, Taiwan, Japan, and internationally. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Smart Global Company Profile

SMART Global Holdings, Inc. designs, manufactures, and supplies specialty memory solutions worldwide. The company offers dynamic random access memory (DRAM) components, which are used to manufacture modules and other products; DRAM modules for desktop, notebook, and server applications, as well as for use in smartphones; and specialty DRAM modules for industrial, communications, and networking applications, as well as develops specialized memory module designs based on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements. It also provides flash memory, USB, and serial advanced technology attachment products primarily for use in communications equipment, printers, servers and storage products, switches, and routers; and aerospace, automotive, and defense industries, as well as industrial applications. In addition, the company offers supply chain services, including procurement, logistics, inventory management, temporary warehousing, programming, kitting, and packaging. SMART Global Holdings, Inc. sells its products to OEMs through direct sales force and independent sales representatives in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. The company was formerly known as Saleen Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to SMART Global Holdings, Inc. in August 2014. SMART Global Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Newark, California.

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