Netlist (NASDAQ: NLST) is one of 102 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductors” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Netlist to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Netlist and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Netlist 0 0 3 0 3.00
Netlist Competitors 928 4753 8703 362 2.58

Netlist currently has a consensus price target of $2.23, indicating a potential upside of 643.33%. As a group, “Semiconductors” companies have a potential upside of 5.93%. Given Netlist’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Netlist is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Netlist and its peers’ 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 -44.93% 1.58% 1.46%

Volatility and Risk

Netlist has a beta of -1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 209% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Netlist’s peers have a beta of 1.00, suggesting that their average stock price is 0% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Netlist $19.66 million -$11.23 million -1.30
Netlist Competitors $4.28 billion $522.04 million 45.04

Netlist’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Netlist. Netlist 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 & Insider Ownership

17.3% of Netlist shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.3% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.3% of Netlist shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.3% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Netlist peers 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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