Comparing Rda Microelectronics (RDA) & Intermolecular (IMI)

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

Volatility & Risk

Rda Microelectronics has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intermolecular has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Rda Microelectronics and Intermolecular, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Rda Microelectronics and Intermolecular’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rda Microelectronics N/A N/A N/A $0.58 31.81
Intermolecular $47.30 million 1.30 -$15.43 million ($0.28) -4.43

Rda Microelectronics has higher earnings, but lower revenue 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.9% of Intermolecular shares are held by institutional investors. 45.4% of Intermolecular shares are held by company 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.

Profitability

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

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

Summary

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

About Rda Microelectronics

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).

About Intermolecular

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.

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