Multi-Fineline Electronix (NASDAQ: MFLX) and O2Micro International Limited (NASDAQ:OIIM) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Multi-Fineline Electronix and O2Micro International Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Multi-Fineline Electronix -9.63% -10.97% -8.10%
O2Micro International Limited -2.59% 0.01% 0.01%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Multi-Fineline Electronix and O2Micro International Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Multi-Fineline Electronix 0 0 0 0 N/A
O2Micro International Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.1% of O2Micro International Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of O2Micro International Limited shares are owned 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Multi-Fineline Electronix and O2Micro International Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Multi-Fineline Electronix N/A N/A N/A $1.02 22.64
O2Micro International Limited $59.82 million 0.70 -$3.45 million ($0.07) -23.15

Multi-Fineline Electronix has higher revenue, but lower earnings than O2Micro International Limited. O2Micro International Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Multi-Fineline Electronix, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Multi-Fineline Electronix has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, O2Micro International Limited has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

O2Micro International Limited beats Multi-Fineline Electronix on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Multi-Fineline Electronix

Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. is engaged in the engineering, design and manufacture of flexible circuit boards along with related component assemblies. The Company provides flexible printed circuits and value-added component assembly solutions to the electronics industry. The Company provides its solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and to electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers. The Company offers products in a range of sectors, including smartphones, tablets, computer/data storage, portable bar code scanners, personal computers, wearables and other consumer electronic devices. The Company’s products include flexible printed circuits, flexible printed circuit assemblies and mechanical integration of flexible printed circuit assemblies. The Company has facilities in Irvine, California; Suzhou, China, and Singapore. The Company operates in the United States, China, Singapore and Other, which includes Malaysia, Korea and the United Kingdom.

About O2Micro International Limited

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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