InterMolecular (IMI) & Sequans Communications (NYSE:SQNS) Head to Head Contrast

Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS) and InterMolecular (NASDAQ:IMI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Sequans Communications and InterMolecular’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sequans Communications -62.26% -243.68% -40.63%
InterMolecular -14.05% -14.29% -11.57%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sequans Communications and InterMolecular’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sequans Communications $48.26 million 2.80 -$26.16 million ($0.31) -5.45
InterMolecular $37.20 million 1.83 -$10.40 million N/A N/A

InterMolecular has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Sequans Communications.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.9% of Sequans Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.3% of InterMolecular shares are held by institutional investors. 45.4% of InterMolecular shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Sequans Communications and InterMolecular, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sequans Communications 0 0 7 0 3.00
InterMolecular 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sequans Communications currently has a consensus target price of $3.75, indicating a potential upside of 121.89%. Given Sequans Communications’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sequans Communications is more favorable than InterMolecular.

Volatility and Risk

Sequans Communications has a beta of 2.38, meaning that its stock price is 138% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, InterMolecular has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

InterMolecular beats Sequans Communications on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sequans Communications Company Profile

Sequans Communications S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in fabless designing, developing, and supplying 4G LTE semiconductor solutions for wireless broadband applications. Its solutions incorporate baseband processor and radio frequency (RF) transceiver integrated circuits along with proprietary signal processing techniques, algorithms, and software stacks. The company offers baseband solutions used to encode and decode data based on 4G protocols that serve as the wireless processing platform for a 4G device; RF transceivers used to transmit and receive wireless transmissions; and system-on-chip solutions that integrate the baseband and RF transceiver functions. Its solutions serves as the wireless communications platform in various devices, including smartphones; USB dongles; portable routers; embedded wireless modems for computing and multimedia devices; and customer-premises equipment, such as fixed wireless broadband access modems, routers, and residential gateways. The company serves OEMs, ODMs, contract manufacturers, or system integrators, as well as distributors who provide customer communications, logistics, and support functions. It operates in the Asia-Pacific region, including Taiwan, China, South Korea, and Japan; India; Europe; the Middle East; and North and South America. Sequans Communications S.A. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

InterMolecular Company Profile

Intermolecular, Inc. engages in the development of advanced materials using high productivity combinatorial (HPC) technology platform for the semiconductors, consumer electronics, automotive, and aerospace industries worldwide. The company's HPC platform includes Tempus processing tools, automated characterization methods, and informatics analysis software for research and development using combinatorial process systems in concert with established chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, and atomic layer deposition methods. It serves various markets, including semiconductor, glass, advanced alloys, light-emitting diodes, flat-panel displays, and others. The company was formerly known as The BEP Group, Inc. and changed its name to Intermolecular, Inc. in November 2004. Intermolecular, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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