Resonant (NASDAQ:RESN) and Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ:IOTS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

20.3% of Resonant shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.8% of Adesto Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.7% of Resonant shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.4% of Adesto Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Resonant and Adesto Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Resonant $650,000.00 129.50 -$21.65 million ($1.26) -2.48
Adesto Technologies $56.11 million 2.35 -$5.68 million ($0.24) -18.79

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Resonant and Adesto Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Resonant 0 0 6 0 3.00
Adesto Technologies 0 0 6 0 3.00

Resonant currently has a consensus price target of $8.20, suggesting a potential upside of 162.82%. Adesto Technologies has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 121.73%. Given Resonant’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Resonant is more favorable than Adesto Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Resonant and Adesto Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Resonant -4,330.47% -83.23% -75.69%
Adesto Technologies -11.29% -8.04% -3.65%

Risk and Volatility

Resonant has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Adesto Technologies has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Adesto Technologies beats Resonant on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Resonant

Resonant Inc., a late-stage development company, engages in the development of filter designs for radio frequency (RF) front-ends used in the mobile device industry in the United States. It uses Infinite Synthesized Networks technology to configure and connect resonators, the building blocks of RF filters. The company develops a series of single-band designs for frequency bands; and multiplexer filter designs for two or more bands to address the carrier aggregation, as well as filter designs to replace various filters and associated componentry for various bands. Resonant Inc. was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Goleta, California.

About Adesto Technologies

Adesto Technologies Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides application-specific semiconductors for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Its portfolio of semiconductor and embedded technologies are optimized for connected IoT devices used in industrial, consumer, communications, and medical applications. The company manufactures its products using industry-standard floating gate technology and conductive bridging random access memory technology platforms. Its products include DataFlash for data-logging applications, such as industrial automation, home automation sensing, and health and fitness tracking; Fusion Serial Flash for use in various high-volume consumer applications comprising wearables, mobile, and other applications; EcoXip that enables improved processor performance and reduced system power consumption; and Standard Serial Flash to store boot or program code with a low pin count industry standard serial interface. The company's products also comprise Mavriq for IoT and other applications, which include camera sensors, Bluetooth low energy devices, wearables, gaming components, printer cartridges, medical equipment, and other devices; and Moneta for retail beacons, wearable medical and fitness devices, industrial and environmental sensors, agricultural monitors, and other low energy/long battery life or energy harvesting system applications. The company sells its products through a network of representatives and distributors to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers in the United States, Rest of Americas, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. Adesto Technologies Corporation was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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