Everspin Tech (NASDAQ: MRAM) and Smart Global (NASDAQ:SGH) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Everspin Tech and Smart Global, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Everspin Tech 0 0 2 1 3.33
Smart Global 0 0 6 1 3.14

Everspin Tech presently has a consensus price target of $16.67, indicating a potential upside of 139.46%. Smart Global has a consensus price target of $36.36, indicating a potential upside of 24.26%. Given Everspin Tech’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Everspin Tech is more favorable than Smart Global.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Everspin Tech and Smart Global’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Everspin Tech $27.09 million 3.28 -$16.70 million ($1.82) -3.82
Smart Global $132.88 million 4.77 -$7.79 million ($0.53) -55.21

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


This table compares Everspin Tech and Smart Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Everspin Tech -66.90% -108.26% -57.97%
Smart Global N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.3% of Everspin Tech shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of Smart Global shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.8% of Everspin Tech shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Smart Global beats Everspin Tech on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Everspin Tech Company Profile

Everspin Technologies, Inc. is a United States-based provider of magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing and shipping discrete and embedded MRAM and spin-torque MRAM (ST-MRAM) into markets and applications. The Company’s products include 8-bit/16-bit Parallel Interface MRAM, Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), Quad SPI and Double Data Rate (DDR) 3 dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) Compatible MRAM – Spin Torque Technology. The Company’s MR10Q010 Quad SPI MRAM is a memory solution for applications that store and retrieve data and programs. Its DDR3 DRAM Compatible MRAM – Spin Torque Technology is designed to comply with all DDR3 DRAM features, such as on-device termination (ODT) and internal ZQ calibration. Its family of both parallel asynchronous input/output (I/O) and serial peripheral interface (SPI) products in densities ranging from 256 kilobyte (Kb) to 16 megabyte (Mb) is available in die form.

Smart Global Company Profile

Smart Global Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company through its subsidiaries provides specialty memory solutions. The Company manufactures memory for desktops, notebooks, servers and mobile memory for smartphones. The Company also serves original equipment manufacturer (OEM), customers to develop memory solutions. The Company also provides customized, integrated supply chain services to certain OEM customers to assist them in the management and execution of their procurement processes. The Company offers its products and services under a range of categories including dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) components, DRAM modules, flash components, mobile memory and supply chain services. The Company offers a range of DRAM modules including DIMMs, nonvolatile DIMMs, load reducing DIMMs, registered DIMMs, unbuffered DIMMs, small outline DIMMs, and mini-DIMMs.

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