IEC Electronics Corp (NYSE: IEC) and O2Micro International Limited (NASDAQ:OIIM) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

39.1% of O2Micro International Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of O2Micro International Limited shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares IEC Electronics Corp and O2Micro International Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IEC Electronics Corp $97.25 million 0.44 $3.43 million N/A N/A
O2Micro International Limited $59.82 million 0.72 -$3.45 million ($0.07) -23.71

IEC Electronics Corp has higher revenue and earnings than O2Micro International Limited.


This table compares IEC Electronics Corp and O2Micro International Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IEC Electronics Corp -2.88% -19.12% -5.24%
O2Micro International Limited -2.59% 0.01% 0.01%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for IEC Electronics Corp and O2Micro International Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IEC Electronics Corp 0 1 1 0 2.50
O2Micro International Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A

IEC Electronics Corp currently has a consensus target price of $3.20, indicating a potential downside of 22.33%. Given IEC Electronics Corp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe IEC Electronics Corp is more favorable than O2Micro International Limited.


O2Micro International Limited beats IEC Electronics Corp on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

IEC Electronics Corp Company Profile

IEC Electronics Corp. provides electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to a range of technology companies that produce life-saving and mission critical products for the medical, industrial, aerospace and defense sectors. The Company specializes in delivering technical solutions for the custom manufacture of full system assemblies by providing on-site analytical testing laboratories, custom design and test engineering services combined with an array of manufacturing services encompassing electronics, interconnect solutions and precision metalworking. It offers its customers a range of manufacturing services, combined with scientific technical support to ensure their products perform for the critical applications they are intended for. Its products are distributed to and through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Its capabilities include design and test development, analysis and testing laboratory, custom functional test design and component risk mitigation.

O2Micro International Limited Company Profile

O2Micro International Limited designs, develops and markets power management components for the Computer, Consumer, Industrial, Automotive and Communications markets. The Company’s power management products include integrated circuits (ICs) for liquid crystal display (LCD) and light emitting diode (LED) lighting; control and monitoring of battery charging and discharging; direct current (DC)/DC and alternating current (AC)/DC conversion, and provide select and switch functionality between power sources. It offers a range of products, including desktop and notebook monitors, portable media players, digital cameras, battery management systems for power tools, electric bikes, low emission vehicles (LEV) applications, industrial personal computers (PCs), portable media devices, smart phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), global positioning system (GPS) units for navigational assistance in vehicles and electric and hybrid vehicle (EV/HEV) battery management.

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