Head to Head Survey: Spi Energy (NASDAQ:SPI) versus Silicon Motion Technology (NASDAQ:SIMO)

Spi Energy (NASDAQ:SPI) and Silicon Motion Technology (NASDAQ:SIMO) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Spi Energy and Silicon Motion Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spi Energy $125.58 million 0.23 -$12.28 million N/A N/A
Silicon Motion Technology $530.35 million 3.17 $98.07 million $3.41 13.63

Silicon Motion Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Spi Energy.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Spi Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of Silicon Motion Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Spi Energy and Silicon Motion Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spi Energy N/A N/A N/A
Silicon Motion Technology 13.16% 13.22% 10.75%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Spi Energy and Silicon Motion Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spi Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Silicon Motion Technology 1 4 6 0 2.45

Silicon Motion Technology has a consensus target price of $47.54, indicating a potential upside of 2.27%. Given Silicon Motion Technology’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Silicon Motion Technology is more favorable than Spi Energy.

Risk and Volatility

Spi Energy has a beta of 4.52, suggesting that its stock price is 352% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silicon Motion Technology has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Silicon Motion Technology beats Spi Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Spi Energy

SPI Energy Co., Ltd. provides photovoltaic solutions for business, residential, government, and utility customers and investors. It offers engineering, procurement, and construction services to independent power developers and producers, and commercial and industrial companies. The company also develops, owns, and operates solar projects that sell electricity to power companies and other electricity off-takers. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated 73.12 megawatts of solar projects. The company operates in China, Greece, the United States, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. SPI Energy Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Shatin, Hong Kong.

About Silicon Motion Technology

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets semiconductor solutions for the mobile and enterprise storage, and mobile communications markets worldwide. It offers embedded storage and expandable storage products, including NAND flash controllers, such as embedded multimediacard (eMMC), universal flash storage, client solid-state drive (SSD), secure digital card, flash memory card controller, and universal serial bus flash drive controller products. The company also provides specialty storage solutions, such as customized enterprise-grade peripheral component interconnect express SSDs; and industrial-grade and commercial-grade single-chip SSDs. In addition, it offers specialty radio frequency integrated circuits (RF ICs), such as mobile TV system-on-chips (SoCs) and low power WiFi SoCs. The company's products are used in smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, and desktop and notebook PCs, as well as in industrial, enterprise, commercial, and other applications. It offers its controllers under the SMI brand; enterprise-grade SSDs under the Shannon brand; single-chip industrial-grade SSDs under the Ferri SSD and Ferri-eMMC brands; RF ICs under the FCI brand; and software-defined storage products under the Bigtera brand. The company markets and sells its products through direct sales personnel and independent electronics distributors to flash manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers, and module makers. Silicon Motion Technology Corporation was founded in 1995 and is based in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

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