QuickLogic (NASDAQ: QUIK) and Kopin (NASDAQ:KOPN) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.
Risk & Volatility
QuickLogic has a beta of 0.12, meaning that its stock price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kopin has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for QuickLogic and Kopin, as provided by MarketBeat.
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QuickLogic presently has a consensus price target of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 34.41%. Given QuickLogic’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe QuickLogic is more favorable than Kopin.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares QuickLogic and Kopin’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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QuickLogic has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Kopin. QuickLogic is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Kopin, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares QuickLogic and Kopin’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional and Insider Ownership
21.8% of QuickLogic shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.5% of Kopin shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.9% of QuickLogic shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of Kopin shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
QuickLogic Corporation develops and markets semiconductor and software algorithm solutions. The Company’s solutions primarily target smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The Company is a fabless semiconductor provider of flexible sensor processing solutions, ultra-low power display bridges, and ultra-low power Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The Company’s solutions integrate multi-core processing, programmable logic, sensor fusion and context aware algorithms, and embedded software. The Company’s solutions are created from its new silicon platforms, including EOS, ArcticLink III, PolarPro 3, PolarPro II, PolarPro, and Eclipse II products, its mature products, which are produced on semiconductor processes over 180 nanometers, primarily include its pASIC 3 and QuickRAM, as well as royalty revenue, programming hardware and design software. Its sensor algorithm software includes SenseMe software library.
Kopin Corporation is a developer, manufacturer and seller of Wearable technologies, which include components and systems. The Company’s segments are Forth Dimension Displays Ltd. (FDD), the manufacturer of its reflective display products for test and simulation products, and Kopin, which consists of Kopin Corporation, Kowon, Kopin Software Ltd. and e-MDT America (eMDT). Products, which include its components are augmented reality consumer wearable devices for sports and fitness and virtual reality consumer products for recreational and sport drones; military devices, such as thermal weapon sights and fighter pilot helmets, and industrial and public safety devices, such as fire fighter thermal camera enabled masks. Its reflective display products are also configured as spatial light modulators and are used in industrial equipment for three dimensional (3D) Automated Optical Inspection. It sells displays individually or in combination with its other components assembled in a unit.
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