Critical Survey: Soitec (OTCMKTS:SLOIF) and Trans-Lux (OTCMKTS:TNLX)

Soitec (OTCMKTS:SLOIF) and Trans-Lux (OTCMKTS:TNLX) are both 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, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Soitec and Trans-Lux’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Soitec N/A N/A N/A
Trans-Lux -32.61% N/A -37.76%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Soitec and Trans-Lux, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Soitec 0 1 0 0 2.00
Trans-Lux 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

Soitec has a beta of 1.87, indicating that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trans-Lux has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.3% of Trans-Lux shares are held by institutional investors. 9.2% of Trans-Lux shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Soitec and Trans-Lux’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Soitec $514.09 million 6.94 $104.44 million N/A N/A
Trans-Lux $14.40 million 0.33 -$4.69 million N/A N/A

Soitec has higher revenue and earnings than Trans-Lux.

Summary

Soitec beats Trans-Lux on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Soitec

Soitec S.A. designs and produces semiconductor materials worldwide. It offers silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers for processor and connectivity system on chips (SoCs), including partially-depleted SOI, fully-depleted SOI, and FinFET products. The company also provides SOIs for RF front-end modules, including RFeSI-enhanced signal integrity substrates, HR-SOI substrates, and stacking for RF substrates. In addition, it offers SOI wafers for manufacturing smart power ICs; and photonics-SOIs for high-speed optical transceivers in data centers. The company's products are used to manufacture chips for consumer electronics devices and mobile electronics in smartphones, automotive applications, the Internet of Things, datacenters, etc. The company has a strategic collaboration with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. for the supply of silicon-on-insulator wafers; and strategic partnership with Shanghai Simgui Technology Co., Ltd. to deliver RF-SOI and Power-SOI products. Soitec S.A. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Bernin, France.

About Trans-Lux

Trans-Lux Corporation designs, manufactures, and supplies digital signage display solutions, fixed digit scoreboards, and LED lighting fixtures and lamps. The company operates in two segments, Digital Product Sales, and Digital Product Lease and Maintenance. The Digital Product Sales segment sells indoor and outdoor digital product signage and LED lighting solutions. The Digital Product Lease and Maintenance segment is involved in the lease and maintenance of indoor and outdoor digital product signage. The company offers LED display systems for use by sports arenas and stadiums; financial institutions, including brokerage firms, banks, energy companies, insurance companies, and mutual fund companies; educational institutions; outdoor advertising companies; corporate and government communication centers; retail outlets; casinos, racetracks, and other gaming establishments; airports, train stations, bus terminals, and other transportation facilities; movie theatres; and health maintenance organizations, as well as in various other applications. It also provides LED lighting solutions; and turnkey installation and support services. The company markets its products through direct sales representatives and a network of independent dealers and distributors in the United States and Canada; and internal sales people and independent distributors in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Africa, the Far East, and Australia. Trans-Lux Corporation was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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