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

Volatility & Risk

EZchip Semiconductor has a beta of 0.33, indicating that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kopin has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.1% of Kopin shares are held by institutional investors. 8.7% of Kopin shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares EZchip Semiconductor and Kopin’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EZchip Semiconductor 17.05% 6.03% 5.64%
Kopin -125.76% -37.28% -31.14%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares EZchip Semiconductor and Kopin’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EZchip Semiconductor N/A N/A N/A ($0.17) -149.94
Kopin $22.64 million 10.38 -$23.43 million ($0.41) -7.61

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for EZchip Semiconductor and Kopin, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EZchip Semiconductor 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kopin 0 1 0 0 2.00

About EZchip Semiconductor

EZchip Semiconductor Ltd.is a fabless semiconductor company that provides data-path processing solutions for a range of applications for carrier, cloud and data center networks. The Company’s portfolio of solutions includes network processors, multi-core processors, network adapters and appliances with a software ecosystem. It designs and sells network processors for networking equipment, integrating several key functions into a single chip. Networking equipment vendors use the Company’s network processors to form the silicon core of networking equipment, such as switches and routers, for voice, video and data integration in a variety of applications. The Company’s network processors are single-chip solutions that enable its customers to design multi-port line cards. Its multi-core processors allow customers to design systems that are high performance, as well as power efficient. The Company’s subsidiaries include EZchip Technologies Ltd., EZchip Inc. and EZchip Semiconductor Inc.

About Kopin

Kopin Corporation is a developer, manufacturer and seller of Wearable technologies, which include components and systems. The Company’s segments are Forth Dimension Displays Ltd. (FDD), the manufacturer of its reflective display products for test and simulation products, and Kopin, which consists of Kopin Corporation, Kowon, Kopin Software Ltd. and e-MDT America (eMDT). Products, which include its components are augmented reality consumer wearable devices for sports and fitness and virtual reality consumer products for recreational and sport drones; military devices, such as thermal weapon sights and fighter pilot helmets, and industrial and public safety devices, such as fire fighter thermal camera enabled masks. Its reflective display products are also configured as spatial light modulators and are used in industrial equipment for three dimensional (3D) Automated Optical Inspection. It sells displays individually or in combination with its other components assembled in a unit.

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