Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and Aquantia (NYSE:AQ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Micron Technology and Aquantia, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Micron Technology 0 8 20 1 2.76
Aquantia 0 0 7 0 3.00

Micron Technology presently has a consensus target price of $68.64, suggesting a potential upside of 69.70%. Aquantia has a consensus target price of $15.08, suggesting a potential upside of 26.43%. Given Micron Technology’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Micron Technology is more favorable than Aquantia.

Profitability

This table compares Micron Technology and Aquantia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Micron Technology 46.51% 51.68% 35.57%
Aquantia -3.76% -21.24% -5.00%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Micron Technology and Aquantia’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Micron Technology $30.39 billion 1.51 $14.14 billion $11.82 3.42
Aquantia $103.37 million 3.95 -$5.41 million ($0.48) -24.85

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.2% of Micron Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.6% of Aquantia shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Micron Technology shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.1% of Aquantia shares are held by company 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.

Summary

Micron Technology beats Aquantia on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Micron Technology Company Profile

Micron Technology, Inc. provides semiconductor systems worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit, Storage Business Unit, Mobile Business Unit, and Embedded Business Unit. It offers DDR3 and DDR4 DRAM products for computers, servers, networking devices, communications equipment, consumer electronics, automotive, and industrial applications; lower power DRAM products for smartphones, tablets, automotive, laptop computers, and other mobile consumer device applications; DDR2 DRAM and DDR DRAM, GDDR5 and GDDR5X DRAM, SDRAM, and RLDRAM products for networking devices, servers, consumer electronics, communications equipment, computer peripherals, and automotive and industrial applications, as well as for computer memory upgrades; and hybrid memory cube semiconductor memory devices. The company also provides NAND products, which are electrically re-writeable, non-volatile semiconductor memory, and storage devices; client solid-state drives (SSDs) for notebooks, desktops, workstations, and other consumer applications; enterprise SSDs for server and storage applications; cloud SSDs; and multi-chip package and managed NAND products. In addition, it manufactures products that are sold under other brand names; and resells flash memory products that are purchased from other NAND Flash suppliers. Further, the company provides 3D XPoint non-volatile memory products; and NOR Flash, which are electrically re-writeable and semiconductor memory devices for automotive, industrial, connected home, and consumer applications. It markets its products to original equipment manufacturers and retailers through its internal sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors; and through a Web-based customer direct sales channel, and channel and distribution partners. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

Aquantia Company Profile

Aquantia Corp., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets advanced high-speed communication integrated circuits for Ethernet connectivity in the data center, enterprise infrastructure, and access markets worldwide. Its products include corporate and cloud data center products; enterprise infrastructure products; and access products, such as client connectivity and carrier access. The company sells its products to integrated circuit suppliers, original equipment manufacturers, and original design manufacturers through direct sales. Aquantia Corp. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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