Intermolecular (NASDAQ: IMI) is one of 105 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductors” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Intermolecular to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Intermolecular and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intermolecular 0 1 0 0 2.00
Intermolecular Competitors 1151 5277 8872 416 2.54

As a group, “Semiconductors” companies have a potential upside of 12.68%. Given Intermolecular’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Intermolecular has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Intermolecular has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intermolecular’s peers have a beta of 1.07, meaning that their average share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Intermolecular and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intermolecular -47.22% -43.57% -35.71%
Intermolecular Competitors -47.37% -0.05% -0.13%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Intermolecular and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Intermolecular $39.08 million -$5.32 million -2.74
Intermolecular Competitors $4.58 billion $1.32 billion 86.54

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

38.0% of Intermolecular shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.2% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by institutional investors. 45.4% of Intermolecular shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.1% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Intermolecular peers beat Intermolecular on 10 of the 12 factors compared.

Intermolecular Company Profile

Intermolecular, Inc. provides thin film solutions. The Company’s high productivity combinatorial (HPC) platform, which consists of its tempus processing tools, its automated characterization methods, and its Informatics analysis software, is purpose-built for research and development (R&D) using combinatorial process systems. It develops technology and Internet protocol (IP) rights focused on materials, processes, integration and device architectures in collaboration with its customers. Its HPC platform consists of tempus HPC processing, automated characterization and informatics and analysis software. The Company offers a series of wet processing tools and dry processing tools. Its informatics software includes workflow management software, analysis and reporting software, security and collaboration management software, and integration services. It caters to semiconductor device, semiconductor materials and equipment and clean energy market companies.

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