Critical Contrast: Nlight (LASR) & Resonant (RESN)

Nlight (NASDAQ:LASR) and Resonant (NASDAQ:RESN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.1% of Nlight shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.3% of Resonant shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.3% of Resonant shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Nlight and Resonant, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nlight 1 1 4 1 2.71
Resonant 0 0 6 0 3.00

Nlight currently has a consensus target price of $31.86, indicating a potential upside of 55.55%. Resonant has a consensus target price of $8.20, indicating a potential upside of 153.87%. Given Resonant’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Resonant is more favorable than Nlight.

Profitability

This table compares Nlight and Resonant’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nlight N/A N/A N/A
Resonant -4,330.47% -83.23% -75.69%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nlight and Resonant’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nlight $138.58 million 5.14 $1.83 million N/A N/A
Resonant $650,000.00 134.07 -$21.65 million ($1.26) -2.56

Nlight has higher revenue and earnings than Resonant.

Summary

Nlight beats Resonant on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nlight

nLIGHT, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures semiconductor and fiber lasers used in various end applications in the industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense markets. The company also produces optical fiber products. It markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer primarily through direct sales force in the United States, China, South Korea, Germany, and Finland, as well as through various independent sales representatives and distributors in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company was formerly known as nLight Photonics Corporation and changed its name to nLIGHT, Inc. in January 2016. nLIGHT, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

About Resonant

Resonant Inc., a late-stage development company, engages in the development of filter designs for radio frequency (RF) front-ends used in the mobile device industry in the United States. It uses Infinite Synthesized Networks technology to configure and connect resonators, the building blocks of RF filters. The company develops a series of single-band designs for frequency bands; and multiplexer filter designs for two or more bands to address the carrier aggregation, as well as filter designs to replace various filters and associated componentry for various bands. Resonant Inc. was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Goleta, California.

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