Uni-Pixel (NASDAQ: UNXL) and InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.6% of Uni-Pixel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of InvenSense shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Uni-Pixel shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of InvenSense shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Uni-Pixel has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, InvenSense has a beta of 2.58, indicating that its stock price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Uni-Pixel and InvenSense, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Uni-Pixel 0 1 1 0 2.50
InvenSense 0 5 3 0 2.38

Uni-Pixel currently has a consensus price target of $1.90, suggesting a potential upside of 397.38%. InvenSense has a consensus price target of $11.14, suggesting a potential downside of 14.22%. Given Uni-Pixel’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Uni-Pixel is more favorable than InvenSense.

Profitability

This table compares Uni-Pixel and InvenSense’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Uni-Pixel -619.07% -290.64% -177.34%
InvenSense -20.65% -18.29% -11.24%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Uni-Pixel and InvenSense’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Uni-Pixel $4.55 million 5.00 -$24.18 million ($0.64) -0.60
InvenSense N/A N/A N/A ($0.58) -22.40

InvenSense has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Uni-Pixel. InvenSense is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Uni-Pixel, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

InvenSense beats Uni-Pixel on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Uni-Pixel Company Profile

Uni-Pixel, Inc. develops and markets touch sensor films for the touch screen and flexible electronics markets. The Company’s roll-to-roll electronics manufacturing process patterns fine line conductive elements on thin films. The Company markets its technologies for touch panel sensor and hard coat resin for cover glass replacement, and protective cover film applications under the XTouch and Diamond Guard brands. The Company is engaged in the optical design and manufacturing of microstructured polymer film materials and related technologies for the display, flexible electronics and automotive industries. It makes transparent conductive films and flexible electronic films for high volume, roll to roll patterning of flexible thin-film conductor patterns. The Company sells the touch screen films under the brand XTouch, as sub-components of a fully assembled touch sensor module. The Company has developed a hard coat resin that can be applied using film, spray or inkjet coating methods.

InvenSense Company Profile

InvenSense, Inc. (InvenSense) is engaged in designing, developing, marketing and selling of sensor system-on-chip (SoC), including accelerometers, gyroscopes and microphones for the mobile, wearable, smart home, gaming, industrial and automotive market segments. The Company delivers solutions based on its motion and sound technology; focused on solutions, such as smartphones, tablets, wearables, console and portable video gaming devices, digital television and set-top box remote controls, fitness accessories, sports equipment, digital still cameras, automobiles, ultra-books, laptops, hearing aids, stabilization systems, tools, navigation devices, remote controlled toys and other household consumer and industrial devices. Its motion solutions detect and track an object’s motion in three-dimensional space.

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