InvenSense (NYSE: INVN) and OSI Systems (NASDAQ:OSIS) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.5% of InvenSense shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.2% of InvenSense shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.5% of OSI Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares InvenSense and OSI Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
InvenSense -20.65% -18.29% -11.24%
OSI Systems 2.73% 9.04% 4.17%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares InvenSense and OSI Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
InvenSense N/A N/A N/A ($0.58) -22.40
OSI Systems $930.02 million 1.59 $117.25 million $1.30 61.00

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for InvenSense and OSI Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
InvenSense 0 4 2 0 2.33
OSI Systems 0 0 5 0 3.00

InvenSense presently has a consensus target price of $11.33, indicating a potential downside of 12.75%. OSI Systems has a consensus target price of $87.20, indicating a potential upside of 9.96%. Given OSI Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe OSI Systems is more favorable than InvenSense.

Risk & Volatility

InvenSense has a beta of 2.58, meaning that its share price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OSI Systems has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

OSI Systems beats InvenSense on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About InvenSense

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.

About OSI Systems

OSI Systems, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of specialized electronic systems and components for critical applications. The Company sells its products and provides related services in diversified markets, including homeland security, healthcare, defense and aerospace. The Company operates in three segments, which include Security, which provides security and inspection systems, turnkey security screening solutions and related services; Healthcare, which provides patient monitoring, diagnostic cardiology, anesthesia delivery and ventilation systems and defibrillators, and Optoelectronics and Manufacturing, which provides electronic components and electronic manufacturing services for the Security and Healthcare divisions, as well as to external original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and end users for applications in the defense, aerospace, medical and industrial markets, among others.

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