CyberOptics Corporation (NASDAQ: CYBE) and Neonode (NASDAQ:NEON) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares CyberOptics Corporation and Neonode’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CyberOptics Corporation 14.32% 5.94% 4.85%
Neonode -48.19% -123.74% -44.58%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CyberOptics Corporation and Neonode’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CyberOptics Corporation $56.82 million 1.82 $5.03 million $1.13 13.10
Neonode $9.17 million 7.28 -$3.21 million ($0.10) -11.40

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

Risk and Volatility

CyberOptics Corporation has a beta of -0.39, meaning that its share price is 139% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Neonode has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for CyberOptics Corporation and Neonode, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CyberOptics Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
Neonode 0 1 1 0 2.50

CyberOptics Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $31.67, indicating a potential upside of 113.96%. Neonode has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 163.16%. Given Neonode’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Neonode is more favorable than CyberOptics Corporation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

61.1% of CyberOptics Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.7% of Neonode shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.8% of CyberOptics Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.9% of Neonode shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CyberOptics Corporation beats Neonode on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

CyberOptics Corporation Company Profile

Cyberoptics Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of sensing technology solutions. The Company’s products and services are used in the surface mount technology (SMT), semiconductor and three dimensional (3D) scanning solutions and services markets. Its products are sold into the electronics assembly, dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and flash memory, and semiconductor fabrication capital equipment markets. The Company develops, manufactures and sells non-contact sensors and systems for process control and inspection, and general purpose metrology. The Company’s product offerings are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end user customers in the SMT circuit board assembly, semiconductor and general-purpose metrology markets. Its OEMs incorporate the Company’s sensor offerings into capital equipment serving these industries. The Company also sells standalone inspection systems that are sold directly to circuit board assembly companies.

Neonode Company Profile

Neonode Inc., formerly SBE, Inc., develops and licenses user interfaces and optical infrared touch solutions. The Company’s technology offers multiple features, including the ability to sense an object’s size, depth, velocity, pressure and proximity to any type of surface. It operates through the touch technology licensing business segment. It licenses its multi-touch technology to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) who incorporate it into devices that they produce and sell. In addition, it develops prototype products and is engaged in product engineering design discussions with various global OEMs and ODMs. The Company offers its family of touch solutions under the brands MultiSensing and zForce. Its solution provides sense enablement through touch and proximity sensing. Its technology has application in various fields, such as laptop computers, all-in-one computers, standalone monitors, printer products and global positioning systems.

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