Head to Head Survey: DSP Group (DSPG) versus PEN (PENC)

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DSP Group (NASDAQ:DSPG) and PEN (OTCMKTS:PENC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares DSP Group and PEN’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DSP Group -1.67% 3.78% 3.00%
PEN N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.0% of DSP Group shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of DSP Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 56.0% of PEN shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for DSP Group and PEN, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DSP Group 0 0 2 0 3.00
PEN 0 0 0 0 N/A

DSP Group presently has a consensus target price of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.86%. Given DSP Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe DSP Group is more favorable than PEN.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares DSP Group and PEN’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DSP Group $117.44 million 2.73 -$1.95 million $0.23 61.61
PEN $7.88 million 0.21 -$680,000.00 N/A N/A

PEN has lower revenue, but higher earnings than DSP Group.

Risk & Volatility

DSP Group has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PEN has a beta of 1.47, indicating that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

DSP Group beats PEN on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

DSP Group Company Profile

DSP Group, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, provides wireless and audio chipset solutions for converged communications worldwide. It operates through three segments: Home, Office, and SmartVoice. The company provides a portfolio of wireless chipsets that integrate DECT/CAT-iq, ULE, Wi-Fi, PSTN, HDClear, video, and VoIP technologies. It also enables converged voice, audio, video, and data connectivity across various mobile, consumer, and enterprise products, including mobile phones, IoT and wearable devices, connected multimedia screens, home automation and security, cordless phones, VoIP systems, and home gateways. The company sells its products primarily through distributors, as well as directly to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers. DSP Group, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

PEN Company Profile

PEN Inc. develops, commercializes, and markets consumer and industrial products enabled by nanotechnology primarily in the United States. It operates through two segments, Product and Contract Services. The company offers anti-fogging towelettes to the military for safety, anti-fogging, and conditioning of lenses, masks, and head gears, as well as other applications, such as head's up displays; mar and stain resistant coatings for high end vitreous China tableware in restaurants, cruise ships, and casinos; clear protective coatings used on display panels and touch screens to remove fingerprints; protective and water repelling coatings for interior glass and ceramic surfaces to clean and prevent scale and grime encrustation; and coatings for ceramic insulators for use in transit and underground subways systems to prevent caking of metal dust and greases on surfaces. It is also involved in the retail sale of liquid and towelette formulations for eyeglass and sunglass lens cleaning and protection; liquid formulation for cleaning and creating hygienic surfaces unfriendly to germs; and anti-fogging liquid and towelette formulations for safety glasses and sporting googles, as well as protective eye wear, including face shields. In addition, the company develops and sells printable inks and pastes, thermal management materials, and graphene foils and windows. Further, it provides design and development services for governmental and private customers. The company markets and sells its products directly to retailers. PEN Inc. is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

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