Nlight (NASDAQ:LASR) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) 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 Nlight and STMicroelectronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nlight N/A N/A N/A
STMicroelectronics 11.48% 20.69% 11.53%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Nlight and STMicroelectronics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nlight 1 1 4 1 2.71
STMicroelectronics 0 3 4 0 2.57

Nlight presently has a consensus target price of $37.83, indicating a potential upside of 97.77%. STMicroelectronics has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 68.17%. Given Nlight’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Nlight is more favorable than STMicroelectronics.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Nlight and STMicroelectronics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nlight $138.58 million 4.80 $1.83 million N/A N/A
STMicroelectronics $8.35 billion 1.79 $802.00 million $0.98 16.99

STMicroelectronics has higher revenue and earnings than Nlight.

Dividends

STMicroelectronics pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Nlight does not pay a dividend. STMicroelectronics pays out 20.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.5% of Nlight shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.2% of STMicroelectronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Nlight Company Profile

nLIGHT, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures semiconductor and fiber lasers used in various end applications in the industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense markets. The company also produces optical fiber products. It markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer primarily through direct sales force in the United States, China, South Korea, Germany, and Finland, as well as through various independent sales representatives and distributors in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company was formerly known as nLight Photonics Corporation and changed its name to nLIGHT, Inc. in January 2016. nLIGHT, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

STMicroelectronics Company Profile

STMicroelectronics N.V., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets semiconductor products worldwide. It operates through Automotive and Discrete Group; Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group; and Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group segments. The company offers a range of products, including discrete and standard commodity components, application-specific integrated circuits, full-custom and semi-custom devices, and application-specific standard products for analog, digital, and mixed-signal applications, as well as silicon chips and smartcards. It also provides subsystems, and assembly and other services. The company sells its products through its distributors and retailers, as well as through sales representatives. STMicroelectronics N.V. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

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