SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) and TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.6% of SemiLEDS Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.2% of TTM Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 40.1% of SemiLEDS Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 28.4% of TTM Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SemiLEDS Corporation and TTM Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SemiLEDS Corporation $8.53 million 0.90 -$4.18 million ($5.04) -0.43
TTM Technologies $2.60 billion 0.55 $393.81 million $0.72 19.46

TTM Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than SemiLEDS Corporation. SemiLEDS Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TTM Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for SemiLEDS Corporation and TTM Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SemiLEDS Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
TTM Technologies 0 1 1 1 3.00

TTM Technologies has a consensus target price of $20.17, indicating a potential upside of 43.94%. Given TTM Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TTM Technologies is more favorable than SemiLEDS Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares SemiLEDS Corporation and TTM Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SemiLEDS Corporation -182.84% -59.70% -30.13%
TTM Technologies 2.97% 17.05% 5.79%

Risk and Volatility

SemiLEDS Corporation has a beta of 2.24, indicating that its stock price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TTM Technologies has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

TTM Technologies beats SemiLEDS Corporation on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SemiLEDS Corporation

SemiLEDs Corporation develops, manufactures and sells light emitting diode (LED) chips and LED components. The Company’s products are used primarily for general lighting applications, including street lights and commercial, industrial and residential lighting. Its LED chips may also be used in specialty industrial applications, such as ultraviolet (UV), curing of polymers, LED light therapy in medical/cosmetic applications, counterfeit detection, LED lighting for horticulture applications, architectural lighting and entertainment lighting. The Company produces a range of blue, white, green and UV LED chips, including its Enhanced Vertical (EV) LED product series, ranging from chip sizes of approximately 380 microns (um) by 380um to 1,520um by 1,520um. It designs, assembles and sells lighting fixtures and systems for general lighting applications, including commercial, residential and industrial lighting. Its lighting products consist primarily of LED luminaries and LED retrofits.

About TTM Technologies

TTM Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer of printed circuit board (PCB) products and is focused on technologically advanced PCBs and electro-mechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). As of January 2, 2017, the Company operated a total of 25 specialized facilities in North America and China. The Company’s segments include PCB, E-M Solutions and Corporate. As of January 2, 2017, the PCB segment included 13 domestic PCB fabrication plants, including a facility that provides follow-on value-added services primarily for one of the PCB fabrication plants; eight PCB fabrication plants in China and one in Canada. As of January 2, 2017, the E-M Solutions included three custom electronic assembly plants in China. The Company offers a range of PCB products, including conventional PCBs, high density interconnect (HDI) PCBs, flexible PCBs, rigid-flex PCBs, custom assemblies and system integration, and integrated circuits (IC) substrates.

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