Reviewing Pixelworks (PXLW) & QuickLogic Corporation (QUIK)

Pixelworks (NASDAQ: PXLW) and QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QUIK) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Pixelworks has a beta of 0.61, indicating that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QuickLogic Corporation has a beta of -0.13, indicating that its share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Pixelworks and QuickLogic Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pixelworks -0.36% 20.65% 11.97%
QuickLogic Corporation -120.37% -76.28% -49.70%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Pixelworks and QuickLogic Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pixelworks 0 0 2 0 3.00
QuickLogic Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00

Pixelworks presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 8.15%. QuickLogic Corporation has a consensus target price of $2.25, suggesting a potential upside of 43.31%. Given QuickLogic Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe QuickLogic Corporation is more favorable than Pixelworks.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pixelworks and QuickLogic Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pixelworks $53.39 million 3.86 -$11.10 million N/A N/A
QuickLogic Corporation $11.42 million 11.02 -$19.14 million ($0.20) -7.85

Pixelworks has higher revenue and earnings than QuickLogic Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

36.0% of Pixelworks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.4% of QuickLogic Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.5% of Pixelworks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of QuickLogic Corporation shares are owned by 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.

Summary

Pixelworks beats QuickLogic Corporation on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pixelworks

Pixelworks, Inc. designs, develops and markets video and pixel processing semiconductors, intellectual property cores, software and custom application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions for digital video applications. The Company is engaged in the design and development of integrated circuits (ICs) for use in electronic display devices. It provides its customers with software development tools and with software that provides basic functionality for its ICs and enables connectivity of its customers’ products. Its primary target markets include digital projection systems, Ultrabook devices, tablets and smartphones. Its video display processing technologies include Halo Free Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC), Advanced Scaling, Mobile Video Display Processing, and Vuemagic and Networked Displays. Its primary video display processor product categories include ImageProcessor ICs, Video Co-Processor ICs and Networked Display ICs.

About QuickLogic Corporation

QuickLogic Corporation develops and markets semiconductor and software algorithm solutions. The Company’s solutions primarily target smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The Company is a fabless semiconductor provider of flexible sensor processing solutions, ultra-low power display bridges, and ultra-low power Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The Company’s solutions integrate multi-core processing, programmable logic, sensor fusion and context aware algorithms, and embedded software. The Company’s solutions are created from its new silicon platforms, including EOS, ArcticLink III, PolarPro 3, PolarPro II, PolarPro, and Eclipse II products, its mature products, which are produced on semiconductor processes over 180 nanometers, primarily include its pASIC 3 and QuickRAM, as well as royalty revenue, programming hardware and design software. Its sensor algorithm software includes SenseMe software library.

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