Netlist (NASDAQ: NLST) is one of 100 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductors” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Netlist to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Netlist and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Netlist 0 0 2 0 3.00
Netlist Competitors 904 4684 8615 363 2.58

Netlist presently has a consensus price target of $2.23, indicating a potential upside of 653.38%. As a group, “Semiconductors” companies have a potential upside of 13.52%. Given Netlist’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Netlist is more favorable than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Netlist has a beta of -1.35, meaning that its share price is 235% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Netlist’s peers have a beta of 1.01, meaning that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.6% of Netlist shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.1% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.4% of Netlist shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Netlist and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Netlist -40.17% N/A -73.51%
Netlist Competitors -46.37% 0.88% 1.08%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Netlist and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Netlist $19.66 million -$11.23 million -1.35
Netlist Competitors $4.38 billion $520.00 million 35.29

Netlist’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Netlist. Netlist is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Netlist peers beat Netlist on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Netlist

Netlist, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells a range of memory subsystems for datacenter, data storage and computing markets. The Company operates in the segment of design and manufacture of memory subsystems for the server, computing and communications markets. The Company’s memory subsystems consist of combinations of dynamic random access memory integrated circuits (DRAM ICs or DRAM), NAND flash memory (NAND flash), application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and other components assembled on printed circuit boards (PCBs). The Company primarily markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers, hyper scale datacenter operators and data storage vendors. The Company’s products include NVvault, HyperCloud, and specialty memory modules and flash-based products. NVvault is a memory subsystem that incorporates both DRAM and NAND flash in a single persistent dual-in line memory module (DIMM) solution.

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