Analyzing Micron Technology (MU) & Intermolecular (IMI)

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Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and Intermolecular (NASDAQ:IMI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Micron Technology and Intermolecular’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Micron Technology 46.51% 54.94% 36.29%
Intermolecular -4.76% -5.07% -4.16%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Micron Technology and Intermolecular’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Micron Technology $30.39 billion 1.54 $14.14 billion $11.82 3.49
Intermolecular $37.20 million 1.38 -$10.40 million N/A N/A

Micron Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Intermolecular.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.1% of Micron Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.1% of Intermolecular shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Micron Technology shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 46.0% of Intermolecular shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Micron Technology has a beta of 1.55, meaning that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intermolecular has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Micron Technology and Intermolecular, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Micron Technology 0 8 20 1 2.76
Intermolecular 0 0 1 0 3.00

Micron Technology currently has a consensus target price of $68.64, indicating a potential upside of 66.21%. Intermolecular has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 191.26%. Given Intermolecular’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Intermolecular is more favorable than Micron Technology.

Summary

Micron Technology beats Intermolecular on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Micron Technology

Micron Technology, Inc. provides semiconductor systems worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit, Storage Business Unit, Mobile Business Unit, and Embedded Business Unit. It offers DDR3 and DDR4 DRAM products for computers, servers, networking devices, communications equipment, consumer electronics, automotive, and industrial applications; lower power DRAM products for smartphones, tablets, automotive, laptop computers, and other mobile consumer device applications; DDR2 DRAM and DDR DRAM, GDDR5 and GDDR5X DRAM, SDRAM, and RLDRAM products for networking devices, servers, consumer electronics, communications equipment, computer peripherals, and automotive and industrial applications, as well as for computer memory upgrades; and hybrid memory cube semiconductor memory devices. The company also provides NAND products, which are electrically re-writeable, non-volatile semiconductor memory, and storage devices; client solid-state drives (SSDs) for notebooks, desktops, workstations, and other consumer applications; enterprise SSDs for server and storage applications; cloud SSDs; and multi-chip package and managed NAND products. In addition, it manufactures products that are sold under other brand names; and resells flash memory products that are purchased from other NAND Flash suppliers. Further, the company provides 3D XPoint non-volatile memory products; and NOR Flash, which are electrically re-writeable and semiconductor memory devices for automotive, industrial, connected home, and consumer applications. It markets its products to original equipment manufacturers and retailers through its internal sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors; and through a Web-based customer direct sales channel, and channel and distribution partners. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

About Intermolecular

Intermolecular, Inc. engages in the development of advanced materials using high productivity combinatorial (HPC) technology platform for the semiconductors, consumer electronics, automotive, and aerospace industries worldwide. The company's HPC platform includes Tempus processing tools, automated characterization methods, and informatics analysis software for research and development using combinatorial process systems in concert with established chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, and atomic layer deposition methods. It serves various markets, including semiconductor, glass, advanced alloys, light-emitting diodes, flat-panel displays, and others. The company was formerly known as The BEP Group, Inc. and changed its name to Intermolecular, Inc. in November 2004. Intermolecular, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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