O2Micro International (NASDAQ: OIIM) and QuickLogic (NASDAQ:QUIK) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
This table compares O2Micro International and QuickLogic’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for O2Micro International and QuickLogic, as reported by MarketBeat.
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O2Micro International currently has a consensus target price of $3.50, suggesting a potential upside of 157.35%. QuickLogic has a consensus target price of $2.50, suggesting a potential upside of 74.83%. Given O2Micro International’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe O2Micro International is more favorable than QuickLogic.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares O2Micro International and QuickLogic’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|O2Micro International||$60.21 million||0.58||-$6.14 million||($0.18)||-7.56|
|QuickLogic||$12.15 million||9.48||-$14.13 million||($0.18)||-7.94|
O2Micro International has higher revenue and earnings than QuickLogic. QuickLogic is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than O2Micro International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
42.3% of O2Micro International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.5% of QuickLogic shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of O2Micro International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of QuickLogic shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
O2Micro International has a beta of 0.06, indicating that its stock price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QuickLogic has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.
O2Micro International beats QuickLogic on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
O2Micro International Company Profile
O2Micro International Limited, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets integrated circuits and solutions for power management components and systems. It provides analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits that manage and provide LCD and LED lighting; control and monitor battery charging and discharging in portable electronic devices and vehicles; perform DC/DC and AC/DC conversion; and provide select and switch functionality between power sources. The company's products are primarily used in the consumer electronics, computer, industrial, communication, and automotive markets for applications, including LCD and LED monitors, LCD and LED televisions, notebook and tablet computers, low/zero emission vehicles, mobile phones, power tools, energy efficient technology relating to batteries, LED lighting, and portable electronics devices. O2Micro International Limited sells its products through direct sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors to OEMs, ODMs, and module makers primarily in Asia and North America. It also licenses its proprietary intellectual property to third parties; and provides design and engineering support services. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in George Town, the Cayman Islands.
QuickLogic Company Profile
QuickLogic Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company, designs, markets, and supports silicon solutions for smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). It delivers these solutions through ultra-low power customer programmable System on Chip (SoC) semiconductor solutions, embedded software, and algorithm solutions for always-on voice and sensor processing, and enhanced visual experiences. The company's solutions incorporating its EOS S3, ArcticLink III S2, ArcticLink III VX and BX, PolarPro 3, PolarPro II, PolarPro, and Eclipse II solution platforms, packaging, IPs, custom logic, software drivers, and architecture consulting. Its products include pASIC 3, QuickRAM, and QuickPCI. The company markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers through a network of sales managers and distributors in North America, Europe, and Asia. QuickLogic Corporation has a collaboration with AISpeech Company, Ltd. to leverage the ultra-low-power integrated voice capabilities of EOS S3  multi-core SoC to enable mobile, wearable, and IoT devices to access the AISpeech cloud-based digital assistant. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
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