Xperi (NASDAQ:XPER) and Spire (OTCMKTS:SPIR) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Xperi has a beta of 0.07, meaning that its stock price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spire has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Xperi and Spire’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Xperi $373.73 million 2.68 -$56.55 million $1.37 15.12
Spire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Spire has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Xperi.

Profitability

This table compares Xperi and Spire’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xperi -23.56% 7.79% 3.62%
Spire N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Xperi and Spire, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xperi 0 0 5 0 3.00
Spire 1 0 0 0 1.00

Xperi presently has a consensus price target of $28.80, indicating a potential upside of 39.06%. Spire has a consensus price target of $66.00, indicating a potential upside of 3,142,757.14%. Given Spire’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Spire is more favorable than Xperi.

Dividends

Xperi pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Spire does not pay a dividend. Xperi pays out 58.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.1% of Xperi shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Xperi shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 29.2% of Spire shares are owned by 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.

Summary

Xperi beats Spire on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Xperi Company Profile

Xperi Corporation, through its subsidiaries, creates, develops, and licenses audio, imaging, semiconductor packaging, and interconnect technologies in the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Product Licensing; and Semiconductor and IP Licensing. The Product Licensing segment licenses technologies related to audio, digital radio, and imaging solutions under the DTS, HD Radio, and FotoNation brands. It delivers software and hardware based solutions to its customers or to their suppliers. This segment serves consumer electronics product manufacturers. The Semiconductor and IP Licensing segment develops and licenses semiconductor technologies and intellectual property to semiconductor manufacturers, foundries, subcontract assemblers, and others. It develops and monetizes chip-scale packaging solutions and low-temperature wafer bonding solutions; and 3D semiconductor packaging, interconnect, and bonding solutions for semiconductors that are used in products, such as smartphones, as well as computers and servers used in datacenters. This segment also provides engineering services. The company was formerly known as Tessera Holding Corporation and changed its name to Xperi Corporation in February 2017. Xperi Corporation was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Spire Company Profile

Spire Corporation is engaged in developing, manufacturing, and marketing engineered products and services in the areas of photovoltaic solar and biomedical. The company offers specialized equipment for the production of terrestrial photovoltaic modules from solar cells; and photovoltaic systems for grid connected application in the commercial markets. Its products comprise Spi-Sun simulator, which tests module performance; and turn-key cell and module lines, and other individual equipment. The company also provides training and assistance with module certification, and solar factory management services. In addition, it offers surface treatments to the manufacturers of orthopedic and other medical devices; and performs sponsored research programs into practical applications of biomedical technologies. The company offers its products directly, as well as through distributors and sales representatives in the United States, Asia, Europe/Africa, and internationally. Spire Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Billerica, Massachusetts.

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