Financial Survey: O2Micro International (NASDAQ:OIIM) versus Kopin (NASDAQ:KOPN)

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O2Micro International (NASDAQ:OIIM) and Kopin (NASDAQ:KOPN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for O2Micro International and Kopin, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
O2Micro International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kopin 0 0 2 0 3.00

Kopin has a consensus price target of $1.76, suggesting a potential upside of 252.00%. Given Kopin’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kopin is more favorable than O2Micro International.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares O2Micro International and Kopin’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
O2Micro International $62.71 million 0.73 $2.09 million $0.09 19.29
Kopin $24.47 million 1.72 -$35.87 million ($0.48) -1.04

O2Micro International has higher revenue and earnings than Kopin. Kopin is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than O2Micro International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares O2Micro International and Kopin’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
O2Micro International -16.62% -11.14% -9.73%
Kopin -116.39% -69.67% -51.34%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.3% of O2Micro International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.4% of Kopin shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of O2Micro International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of Kopin shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

O2Micro International has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kopin has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

O2Micro International beats Kopin on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

O2Micro International Company Profile

O2Micro International Limited, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets integrated circuits and solutions for power management components and systems in China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, and internationally. The company provides analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits that manage and provide LCD and LED lighting; control and monitor battery charging and discharging in portable electronic devices and vehicles; perform DC/DC and AC/DC conversion; and provide select and switch functionality between power sources. Its products are primarily used in the consumer electronics, computer, industrial, communication, and automotive markets for applications, including LCD and LED monitors, LCD and LED televisions, notebook and tablet computers, low/zero emission vehicles, mobile phones, power tools, energy efficient technology relating to batteries, LED lighting, and portable electronics devices. The company sells its products through direct sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors to OEMs, ODMs, and module makers primarily in Asia and North America. It also licenses its proprietary intellectual property to third parties; and provides design and engineering support services. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in George Town, the Cayman Islands.

Kopin Company Profile

Kopin Corporation invents, develops, manufactures, and sells various components and systems in the United States, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and internationally. It offers miniature active-matrix liquid crystal displays, liquid crystal on silicon displays/spatial light modulators, organic light emitting diode displays, application specific integrated circuits, backlights, optical lenses, and audio integrated circuits, as well as SOLOS smart glasses, which are hands-free head-worn devices that obtain information from sensors or the Internet via a smartphone and displays the information on the sunglass lens. The company's products are used in industrial and public safety applications; consumer augmented and virtual reality wearable headsets; soldier, avionic, and military armored vehicle applications; 3D optical inspection systems; and training and simulation markets. Kopin Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts.

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