Reviewing LightPath Technologies (NASDAQ:LPTH) and Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ:LSCC)

Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ:LSCC) and LightPath Technologies (NASDAQ:LPTH) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Lattice Semiconductor and LightPath Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lattice Semiconductor 11.31% 16.60% 8.89%
LightPath Technologies 6.33% 7.46% 5.42%

Risk and Volatility

Lattice Semiconductor has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LightPath Technologies has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Lattice Semiconductor and LightPath Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lattice Semiconductor 0 3 7 0 2.70
LightPath Technologies 0 0 3 0 3.00

Lattice Semiconductor presently has a consensus target price of $47.63, indicating a potential upside of 2.71%. LightPath Technologies has a consensus target price of $4.67, indicating a potential upside of 93.64%. Given LightPath Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe LightPath Technologies is more favorable than Lattice Semiconductor.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.3% of LightPath Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Lattice Semiconductor shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of LightPath Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lattice Semiconductor and LightPath Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lattice Semiconductor $404.09 million 15.67 $43.49 million $0.45 103.04
LightPath Technologies $34.97 million 1.83 $870,000.00 $0.03 80.33

Lattice Semiconductor has higher revenue and earnings than LightPath Technologies. LightPath Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lattice Semiconductor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Lattice Semiconductor beats LightPath Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lattice Semiconductor Company Profile

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops and sells semiconductor products in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The company offers field programmable gate arrays that consist of four product families, including the Certus-NX and ECP, MachXO, iCE40, and CrossLink. It also provides video connectivity application specific standard products. In addition, the company licenses its technology portfolio through standard IP and IP core licensing, patent monetization, and IP services. It sells its products directly to end customers, and indirectly through a network of independent manufacturers' representatives and independent distributors. The company primarily serves original equipment manufacturers in the communications and computing, consumer, and industrial and automotive end markets. Lattice Semiconductor Corporation was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon.

LightPath Technologies Company Profile

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical components and assemblies. The company offers precision molded glass aspheric optics, molded and diamond-turned infrared aspheric lenses, and other optical components used to produce products that manipulate light. Its products are used in defense products, medical devices, laser aided industrial tools, automotive safety applications, barcode scanners, optical data storage, hybrid fiber coax datacom, telecommunications, machine vision and sensors, and other industries. The company sells its products directly to customers in North America, Europe, and China, as well as through distributors and channel partners in the United States and internationally. LightPath Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

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