Comparing Spire (SPIR) & Nlight (LASR)

Spire (OTCMKTS:SPIR) and Nlight (NASDAQ:LASR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Spire and Nlight’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nlight $138.58 million 5.28 $1.83 million N/A N/A

Nlight has higher revenue and earnings than Spire.

Profitability

This table compares Spire and Nlight’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spire N/A N/A N/A
Nlight 6.93% 9.94% 7.12%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.0% of Nlight shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.2% of Spire shares are owned 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 Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Spire and Nlight, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spire 1 0 0 0 1.00
Nlight 1 3 4 1 2.56

Spire presently has a consensus target price of $66.00, indicating a potential upside of 1,466,566.67%. Nlight has a consensus target price of $30.63, indicating a potential upside of 53.13%. Given Spire’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Spire is more favorable than Nlight.

Summary

Nlight beats Spire on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Spire Company Profile

Spire Corporation is engaged in developing, manufacturing, and marketing engineered products and services in the areas of photovoltaic solar and biomedical. The company offers specialized equipment for the production of terrestrial photovoltaic modules from solar cells; and photovoltaic systems for grid connected application in the commercial markets. Its products comprise Spi-Sun simulator, which tests module performance; and turn-key cell and module lines, and other individual equipment. The company also provides training and assistance with module certification, and solar factory management services. In addition, it offers surface treatments to the manufacturers of orthopedic and other medical devices; and performs sponsored research programs into practical applications of biomedical technologies. The company offers its products directly, as well as through distributors and sales representatives in the United States, Asia, Europe/Africa, and internationally. Spire Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Billerica, Massachusetts.

Nlight Company Profile

nLIGHT, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures semiconductor and fiber lasers used in various end applications in the industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense markets. The company also produces optical fiber products. It markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer primarily through direct sales force in the United States, China, South Korea, Germany, and Finland, as well as through various independent sales representatives and distributors in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company was formerly known as nLight Photonics Corporation and changed its name to nLIGHT, Inc. in January 2016. nLIGHT, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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