Diodes (NASDAQ: DIOD) and Netlist (NASDAQ:NLST) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Diodes has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Netlist has a beta of -1.22, indicating that its share price is 222% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Diodes and Netlist’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Diodes $1.05 billion 1.40 -$1.80 million ($0.05) -600.88
Netlist $19.66 million 1.04 -$11.23 million ($0.23) -1.26

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


This table compares Diodes and Netlist’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Diodes -0.17% 7.94% 4.50%
Netlist -40.17% N/A -73.51%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.9% of Diodes shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.0% of Netlist shares are held by institutional investors. 7.0% of Diodes shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of Netlist shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Diodes and Netlist, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Diodes 0 1 3 0 2.75
Netlist 0 0 2 0 3.00

Diodes currently has a consensus target price of $35.67, suggesting a potential upside of 18.69%. Netlist has a consensus target price of $2.23, suggesting a potential upside of 668.97%. Given Netlist’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Netlist is more favorable than Diodes.


Diodes beats Netlist on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Diodes

Diodes Incorporated is a manufacturer and supplier of application-specific standard products within the discrete, logic, analog and mixed-signal semiconductor markets, serving the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial and automotive markets. The Company’s products include diodes; rectifiers; transistors; metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs); protection devices; amplifiers and comparators; Hall-effect and temperature sensors, and power management devices, including light emitting diode (LED) drivers, alternating current (AC)-direct current (DC) and DC-DC switching, linear voltage regulators and voltage references, along with special function devices, such as universal serial bus (USB) power switches, load switches, voltage supervisors and motor controllers. It also holds interests in Pericom Semiconductor Corporation, which designs, develops and markets integrated circuits (ICs) and frequency control products (FCPs).

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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