Xperi (NASDAQ: XPER) and STR (OTCMKTS:STRI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Xperi has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, STR has a beta of 0.41, indicating that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Xperi and STR, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xperi 0 1 1 0 2.50
STR 0 0 0 0 N/A

Xperi currently has a consensus target price of $53.00, suggesting a potential upside of 178.22%. Given Xperi’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Xperi is more favorable than STR.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Xperi and STR’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Xperi $259.57 million 3.62 $56.08 million ($1.44) -13.23
STR $20.11 million 0.26 -$15.87 million ($0.61) -0.44

Xperi has higher revenue and earnings than STR. Xperi is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than STR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Xperi pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. STR does not pay a dividend. Xperi pays out -55.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.6% of Xperi shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of STR shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Xperi shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of STR shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Xperi and STR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xperi -22.54% 8.10% 3.38%
STR -63.78% -28.89% -24.24%

Summary

Xperi beats STR on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Xperi Company Profile

Tessera Holding Corporation is a product and technology licensing company. The Company’s technologies and intellectual property are deployed, in areas, such as audio, computational imaging, computer vision, mobile computing and communications, memory, data storage, three dimensional (3D) semiconductor interconnect and packaging. The Company delivers smart sight and sound solutions, and 3D semiconductor interconnect solutions for mobile devices, consumer electronics, and automotive markets. The Company also addresses technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR). It offers audio solutions for mobile devices, home theater systems and cinema. The Company’s subsidiaries include Tessera Technologies, Inc., DTS, Inc., Invensas Corporation and FotoNation.

STR Company Profile

STR Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of encapsulants to the solar industry. Encapsulant is a component used to protect solar cells and hold solar modules together. The Company has developed ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA)-based encapsulants for use in commercial solar module manufacturing. The Company’s encapsulant formulations offer a range of properties and processing attributes, including various curing times and temperatures that align with the requirements of its customers’ individual lamination processes and module constructions. The Company’s formulations can be used in both crystalline silicon and thin-film modules. The Company operates production facilities in Llanera, Asturias, Spain and Shajiabang, Changshu, Jiangsu Province, China. It has a total annual production capacity of approximately 5.1 gigawatts. Its customers are solar module manufacturers located mainly in North America, Europe and Asia.

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