Netlist (NASDAQ: NLST) is one of 104 public companies in the “Semiconductors” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Netlist to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Netlist has a beta of -1.35, indicating that its stock price is 235% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Netlist’s competitors have a beta of 1.02, indicating that their average stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Netlist and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Netlist 0 0 2 0 3.00
Netlist Competitors 949 4848 8883 371 2.58

Netlist currently has a consensus price target of $2.23, indicating a potential upside of 619.35%. As a group, “Semiconductors” companies have a potential upside of 8.01%. Given Netlist’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Netlist is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

20.6% of Netlist shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.2% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.4% of Netlist shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Netlist and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Netlist $19.66 million -$11.23 million -1.41
Netlist Competitors $4.38 billion $573.56 million 34.32

Netlist’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Netlist. Netlist is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Netlist and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Netlist -40.17% N/A -73.51%
Netlist Competitors -42.20% 1.25% 1.26%


Netlist competitors beat Netlist on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Netlist Company Profile

Netlist, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells a range of memory subsystems for datacenter, data storage and computing markets. The Company operates in the segment of design and manufacture of memory subsystems for the server, computing and communications markets. The Company’s memory subsystems consist of combinations of dynamic random access memory integrated circuits (DRAM ICs or DRAM), NAND flash memory (NAND flash), application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and other components assembled on printed circuit boards (PCBs). The Company primarily markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers, hyper scale datacenter operators and data storage vendors. The Company’s products include NVvault, HyperCloud, and specialty memory modules and flash-based products. NVvault is a memory subsystem that incorporates both DRAM and NAND flash in a single persistent dual-in line memory module (DIMM) solution.

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