Financial Contrast: SemiLEDS Corporation (LEDS) vs. Park Electrochemical Corporation (PKE)

SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) and Park Electrochemical Corporation (NYSE:PKE) 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 dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SemiLEDS Corporation and Park Electrochemical Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SemiLEDS Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Park Electrochemical Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Park Electrochemical Corporation has a consensus price target of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.15%. Given Park Electrochemical Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Park Electrochemical Corporation is more favorable than SemiLEDS Corporation.

Dividends

Park Electrochemical Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. SemiLEDS Corporation does not pay a dividend. Park Electrochemical Corporation pays out 105.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares SemiLEDS Corporation and Park Electrochemical Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SemiLEDS Corporation -182.84% -59.70% -30.13%
Park Electrochemical Corporation 6.99% 4.92% 2.89%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.1% of SemiLEDS Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.7% of Park Electrochemical Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 40.1% of SemiLEDS Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.0% of Park Electrochemical Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

SemiLEDS Corporation has a beta of 2.32, indicating that its share price is 132% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Park Electrochemical Corporation has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SemiLEDS Corporation and Park Electrochemical Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SemiLEDS Corporation $8.53 million 0.82 -$4.18 million ($5.04) -0.39
Park Electrochemical Corporation $110.54 million 3.35 $11.91 million $0.38 48.19

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

Summary

Park Electrochemical Corporation beats SemiLEDS Corporation on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

SemiLEDS Corporation Company Profile

SemiLEDs Corporation develops, manufactures and sells light emitting diode (LED) chips and LED components. The Company’s products are used primarily for general lighting applications, including street lights and commercial, industrial and residential lighting. Its LED chips may also be used in specialty industrial applications, such as ultraviolet (UV), curing of polymers, LED light therapy in medical/cosmetic applications, counterfeit detection, LED lighting for horticulture applications, architectural lighting and entertainment lighting. The Company produces a range of blue, white, green and UV LED chips, including its Enhanced Vertical (EV) LED product series, ranging from chip sizes of approximately 380 microns (um) by 380um to 1,520um by 1,520um. It designs, assembles and sells lighting fixtures and systems for general lighting applications, including commercial, residential and industrial lighting. Its lighting products consist primarily of LED luminaries and LED retrofits.

Park Electrochemical Corporation Company Profile

Park Electrochemical Corp. is a global advanced materials company. The Company develops, manufactures, markets and sells digital and radio frequency (RF)/microwave printed circuit materials products principally for the telecommunications and Internet infrastructure and high-end computing markets and advanced composite materials, parts and assemblies and low-volume tooling products for the aerospace markets. The Company operates through integrated business units in Asia, Europe and North America. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are located in Singapore, France, Kansas, Arizona and California. The Company also maintains research and development facilities in Arizona, Kansas and Singapore. The Company’s foreign operations are conducted principally by the Company’s subsidiaries in Singapore and France.

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