Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN) and Vimicro International (NASDAQ:VIMC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Kopin Corporation and Vimicro International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kopin Corporation -125.76% -37.28% -31.14%
Vimicro International 20.38% 17.78% 8.86%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.3% of Kopin Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 8.9% of Kopin Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Kopin Corporation has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vimicro International has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Kopin Corporation and Vimicro International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kopin Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Vimicro International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kopin Corporation and Vimicro International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kopin Corporation $22.64 million 11.21 -$23.43 million ($0.41) -8.22
Vimicro International N/A N/A N/A $0.29 46.31

Vimicro International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Kopin Corporation. Kopin Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vimicro International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About Kopin Corporation

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.

About Vimicro International

Vimicro International Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of video surveillance technology and solutions that designs, develops and markets a range of video surveillance products and solutions to Government entities, private enterprises and consumers. It operates in two segments: Video surveillance solutions business and Video processors business. Video surveillance solutions business, which refers business activities that are engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of video surveillance solutions and products and provision of related services, and Video processors business, which refers business activities that are engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of video processors, including the video processors used in video surveillance solutions and personal computer camera processors. It provides video surveillance products and solutions ranging from front-end Internet Protocol cameras to back-end software platform using its chip and algorithm technology.

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