Reviewing SMART Global (SGH) & Rambus (RMBS)

SMART Global (NASDAQ: SGH) and Rambus (NASDAQ:RMBS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SMART Global and Rambus’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SMART Global $132.88 million 6.01 -$7.79 million N/A N/A
Rambus $336.60 million 4.95 $6.81 million $0.09 168.78

Rambus has higher revenue and earnings than SMART Global.


This table compares SMART Global and Rambus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SMART Global N/A N/A N/A
Rambus 2.54% 9.79% 7.00%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.4% of SMART Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.6% of Rambus shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Rambus shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SMART Global and Rambus, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMART Global 0 0 6 1 3.14
Rambus 0 2 2 0 2.50

SMART Global currently has a consensus target price of $36.36, indicating a potential downside of 0.91%. Rambus has a consensus target price of $15.98, indicating a potential upside of 5.17%. Given Rambus’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Rambus is more favorable than SMART Global.


Rambus beats SMART Global on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SMART Global

Smart Global Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company through its subsidiaries provides specialty memory solutions. The Company manufactures memory for desktops, notebooks, servers and mobile memory for smartphones. The Company also serves original equipment manufacturer (OEM), customers to develop memory solutions. The Company also provides customized, integrated supply chain services to certain OEM customers to assist them in the management and execution of their procurement processes. The Company offers its products and services under a range of categories including dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) components, DRAM modules, flash components, mobile memory and supply chain services. The Company offers a range of DRAM modules including DIMMs, nonvolatile DIMMs, load reducing DIMMs, registered DIMMs, unbuffered DIMMs, small outline DIMMs, and mini-DIMMs.

About Rambus

Rambus Inc. (Rambus) produces hardware and software technologies. The Company’s segments include Memory and Interface Division (MID), which focuses the design, development, manufacturing through partnerships and licensing of technology and solutions that is related to memory and interfaces; Rambus Security Division (RSD), which focuses on the design, development and licensing of technologies for chip and system security, anti-counterfeiting, smart ticketing and mobile payments; Emerging Solutions Division (ESD), which encompasses its long-term research and development efforts in the area of emerging technologies, and Rambus Lighting Division (RLD), which focuses on the design, development and licensing of technologies for lighting. The Company collaborates with application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) designers, foundries, Internet protocol (IP) developers, processor companies, electronic design automation (EDA) companies and validation laboratories.

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