LightPath Technologies (NASDAQ:LPTH) and LDK Solar (OTCMKTS:LDKYQ) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation and earnings.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
26.6% of LightPath Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 12.8% of LightPath Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for LightPath Technologies and LDK Solar, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
LightPath Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 204.57%. Given LightPath Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe LightPath Technologies is more favorable than LDK Solar.
Volatility and Risk
LightPath Technologies has a beta of 0.2, indicating that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LDK Solar has a beta of 6.17, indicating that its stock price is 517% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares LightPath Technologies and LDK Solar’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|LightPath Technologies||$32.53 million||0.78||$1.06 million||$0.04||24.63|
LightPath Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than LDK Solar.
This table compares LightPath Technologies and LDK Solar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
LightPath Technologies beats LDK Solar on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About LightPath Technologies
LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical components and assemblies. The company offers precision molded glass aspheric optics, molded and diamond-turned infrared aspheric lenses, and other optical materials used to produce products that manipulate light. Its products are used in various industries, including defense products, medical devices, laser aided industrial tools, automotive safety applications, barcode scanners, optical data storage, hybrid fiber coax datacom, telecommunications, machine vision and sensors, and other industries. The company sells its products directly to customers in North America, Europe, and China, as well as through distributors and channel partners in the United States and internationally. LightPath Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.
About LDK Solar
LDK Solar Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets photovoltaic (PV) products in the People's Republic of China, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and North America. The company operates through two segments, Polysilicon and Other PV Products. It produces and sells solar-grade and electronic-grade polysilicon. The company also manufactures and sells multicrystalline and monocrystalline solar wafers to manufacturers of solar cells and solar modules; and PV cells and PV modules. In addition, it provides solar module processing services; designs and develops solar farm projects, as well as offers related engineering, procurement, and construction services for solar farm projects; and sells silicon materials, which include ingots and polysilicon scraps. LDK Solar CO., Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is based in Xinyu, the People's Republic of China.
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