Everspin Technologies (NASDAQ:MRAM) and Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Everspin Technologies and Kyocera, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Everspin Technologies 0 0 3 0 3.00
Kyocera 0 0 3 0 3.00

Everspin Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 103.49%. Given Everspin Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Everspin Technologies is more favorable than Kyocera.

Dividends

Kyocera pays an annual dividend of $0.47 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Everspin Technologies does not pay a dividend. Kyocera pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kyocera has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Everspin Technologies has a beta of 3.01, meaning that its stock price is 201% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kyocera has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Everspin Technologies and Kyocera’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Everspin Technologies $35.94 million 3.24 -$21.10 million ($1.69) -4.07
Kyocera $14.24 billion 1.42 $736.10 million $2.01 27.44

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

Profitability

This table compares Everspin Technologies and Kyocera’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Everspin Technologies -39.62% -75.89% -40.41%
Kyocera 5.13% 3.31% 2.57%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

33.7% of Everspin Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of Kyocera shares are held by institutional investors. 24.0% of Everspin Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Kyocera beats Everspin Technologies on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Everspin Technologies

Everspin Technologies, Inc. manufactures and sells magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) products to customers in the United States and internationally. It offers Toggle MRAM, spin-transfer torque MRAM, embedded MRAM, magnetic sensor, and aerospace and satellite electronic systems. The company provides its products for applications, including industrial, automotive, transportation, and enterprise storage markets. It serves customers through a direct sales channel and a network of representatives and distributors. Everspin Technologies, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona.

About Kyocera

Kyocera Corporation develops, produces, and sells industrial components, and telecommunications and information equipment worldwide. Its Fine Ceramic Parts Group segment offers components for semiconductor processing and flat panel display manufacturing equipment, information and telecommunication components, general industrial machinery components, LED related products, and automotive components. The company's Semiconductor Parts Group segment provides inorganic (ceramic) and organic packages, and organic multilayer boards and packaging materials for various electronic components and devices, such as crystal components, SAW devices and CMOS/CCD sensors for communication infrastructures and automotive-related markets. Its Applied Ceramic Products Group segment offers monocrystalline and multi crystalline silicon solar modules and power generating systems; cutting tools; medical devices; and recrystallized jewelry and applied ceramic related products. The company's Electronic Device Group segment provides electronic components and devices comprising capacitors, SAW devices, crystal components, connectors, power semiconductor products, printing devices, and liquid crystal displays for information and communications equipment, industrial equipment, and automotive markets. Its Telecommunications Equipment Group segment manufactures smartphones, mobile phones, and communication modules for telecommunications carriers and Internet of Things market. The company's Information Equipment Group segment provides monochrome and color printers, multifunctional products, document solutions, application software, and supplies. Its Others segment offers information systems and telecommunication, engineering, management consulting, and realty development services. The company was formerly known as Kyoto Ceramic Kabushiki Kaisha and changed its name to Kyocera Corporation in 1982. Kyocera Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

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