Head to Head Contrast: Blue Sphere (BLSP) and GigaMedia (GIGM)

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Blue Sphere (OTCMKTS:BLSP) and GigaMedia (NASDAQ:GIGM) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Blue Sphere has a beta of -1.7, meaning that its share price is 270% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GigaMedia has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Blue Sphere and GigaMedia’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Sphere $3.82 million 0.02 -$3.90 million N/A N/A
GigaMedia $11.60 million 2.79 $1.08 million N/A N/A

GigaMedia has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Sphere.

Profitability

This table compares Blue Sphere and GigaMedia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blue Sphere -156.01% N/A -39.31%
GigaMedia -21.56% -5.49% -5.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Blue Sphere and GigaMedia, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Sphere 0 0 0 0 N/A
GigaMedia 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.3% of GigaMedia shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Blue Sphere shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of GigaMedia shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

GigaMedia beats Blue Sphere on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Blue Sphere Company Profile

Blue Sphere Corporation operates as a developer and independent power producer in the clean energy production and waste to energy markets. The company focuses on projects related to the acquisition, construction, and development of biogas facilities in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Israel. It also focuses on soil amendments, compost, and other by-products. The company was formerly known as Jin Jie Corp. and changed its name to Blue Sphere Corporation in February 2010. Blue Sphere Corporation was founded in 2007 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

GigaMedia Company Profile

GigaMedia Limited provides digital entertainment services in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The company offers mobile and browser-based casual games through FunTown-branded platform. Its portfolio of PC-based casual games include MahJong, a traditional Chinese tile game; sports games, Web-based RPG, and mobile games; online card games; and chance-based games, including bingo, lotto, horse racing, Sic-Bo, slots, and various casual games. The company also provides Tales Runner, a multi-player online obstacle running game in which players competes by running, jumping, dashing and using items. In addition, it owns and operates GigaCloud, a provider of cloud computing solutions and related services focused on the cloud services market for SMEs in Taiwan. GigaMedia Limited was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

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