Contrasting Netlist (NLST) and Its Peers

Netlist (NASDAQ: NLST) is one of 102 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductors” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Netlist to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Netlist and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Netlist -40.17% N/A -73.51%
Netlist Competitors -44.93% 1.59% 1.45%

Risk & Volatility

Netlist has a beta of -1.09, meaning that its share price is 209% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Netlist’s competitors have a beta of 1.00, meaning that their average share price is 0% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

17.4% of Netlist shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.5% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.4% of Netlist shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Netlist and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Netlist $19.66 million -$11.23 million -1.54
Netlist Competitors $4.28 billion $522.04 million 45.88

Netlist’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Netlist. Netlist is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Netlist and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Netlist 0 0 3 0 3.00
Netlist Competitors 927 4744 8673 361 2.58

Netlist currently has a consensus target price of $2.23, indicating a potential upside of 557.82%. As a group, “Semiconductors” companies have a potential upside of 8.01%. Given Netlist’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Netlist is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Netlist competitors beat Netlist on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Netlist

Netlist, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells a range of memory subsystems for datacenter, data storage and computing markets. The Company operates in the segment of design and manufacture of memory subsystems for the server, computing and communications markets. The Company’s memory subsystems consist of combinations of dynamic random access memory integrated circuits (DRAM ICs or DRAM), NAND flash memory (NAND flash), application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and other components assembled on printed circuit boards (PCBs). The Company primarily markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers, hyper scale datacenter operators and data storage vendors. The Company’s products include NVvault, HyperCloud, and specialty memory modules and flash-based products. NVvault is a memory subsystem that incorporates both DRAM and NAND flash in a single persistent dual-in line memory module (DIMM) solution.

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