Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) and Aeroflex Holding Corp (NYSE:ARX) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.5% of Impinj shares are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of Impinj shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Impinj and Aeroflex Holding Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Impinj 0 3 4 0 2.57
Aeroflex Holding Corp 0 0 2 0 3.00

Impinj currently has a consensus target price of $36.20, indicating a potential upside of 38.33%. Aeroflex Holding Corp has a consensus target price of $22.50, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Aeroflex Holding Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aeroflex Holding Corp is more favorable than Impinj.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Impinj and Aeroflex Holding Corp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Impinj $112.29 million 4.88 -$1.67 million ($0.38) -68.87
Aeroflex Holding Corp N/A N/A N/A ($0.93) N/A

Aeroflex Holding Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Impinj. Impinj is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aeroflex Holding Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Impinj and Aeroflex Holding Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Impinj -5.97% -1.15% -0.87%
Aeroflex Holding Corp N/A N/A N/A

About Impinj

Impinj, Inc. is a provider of RAIN radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions. The Company sells a platform that includes endpoint integrated circuits (ICs), reader ICs, readers and gateways that enable wireless connectivity to everyday items, and software that delivers Item Intelligence from endpoint reads. The Impinj Platform connects billions of everyday items, such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, drivers’ licenses, food and luggage to applications, such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication, delivering real-time information to businesses about items they create, manage, transport and sell. The Impinj Platform wirelessly delivers information about these items’ identity, location and authenticity, or Item Intelligence, to the digital world.

About Aeroflex Holding Corp

Aeroflex Holding Corp. (Aeroflex Holding) is a provider of radio frequency (RF) and microwave integrated circuits, components and systems used in the design, development and maintenance of wireless communication systems. The Company’s solutions include microelectronic components and test and measurement equipment used by companies in the space, avionics and defense; commercial wireless communications, and medical and other markets. Its products include a range of RF, microwave and millimeter wave microelectronic components, integrated circuits (ICs), and analog and mixed-signal devices. It operates in two segments: Aeroflex Microelectronics Solutions (AMS) and Aeroflex Test Solutions (ATS). In February 2014, Aeroflex Holding Corp announced the acquisition of Shenick Network Systems. In September 2014, Cobham PLC completes Aeroflex acquisition.

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