SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) and Viasystems Group (NASDAQ:VIAS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.8% of SemiLEDS Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 40.1% of SemiLEDS Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SemiLEDS Corporation and Viasystems Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SemiLEDS Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Viasystems Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

SemiLEDS Corporation has a beta of 2.26, suggesting that its stock price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Viasystems Group has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SemiLEDS Corporation and Viasystems Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SemiLEDS Corporation $9.21 million 2.12 -$4.09 million ($1.16) -4.75
Viasystems Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.74) -24.69

Viasystems Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SemiLEDS Corporation. Viasystems Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SemiLEDS Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares SemiLEDS Corporation and Viasystems Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SemiLEDS Corporation -44.40% -37.51% -18.93%
Viasystems Group -2.73% -17.43% -2.95%

About SemiLEDS Corporation

SemiLEDs Corporation develops, manufactures and sells light emitting diode (LED) chips and LED components. The Company’s products are used primarily for general lighting applications, including street lights and commercial, industrial and residential lighting. Its LED chips may also be used in specialty industrial applications, such as ultraviolet (UV), curing of polymers, LED light therapy in medical/cosmetic applications, counterfeit detection, LED lighting for horticulture applications, architectural lighting and entertainment lighting. The Company produces a range of blue, white, green and UV LED chips, including its Enhanced Vertical (EV) LED product series, ranging from chip sizes of approximately 380 microns (um) by 380um to 1,520um by 1,520um. It designs, assembles and sells lighting fixtures and systems for general lighting applications, including commercial, residential and industrial lighting. Its lighting products consist primarily of LED luminaries and LED retrofits.

About Viasystems Group

Viasystems Group, Inc. (Viasystems) provides multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electromechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). The Company operates in two segments: Printed Circuit Boards and Assembly. The Printed Circuit Boards segment offers PCB products. The Assembly segment includes the Company’s E-M Solutions products and services. The Company has around 15 manufacturing facilities, including eight in the United States and seven located outside of the United States. The Company’s PCB products are produced at its eight domestic facilities, three of its five facilities are in China and one facility is in Canada. The Company’s E-M Solutions products and services are provided from other two facilities in China and one facility in Mexico. In addition to its manufacturing facilities, the Company maintains engineering and customer service centers in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Canada, Mexico and the United States to support its customers’ local needs.

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