Critical Analysis: Sequans Communications (SQNS) versus GSI Technology (GSIT)

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Sequans Communications (NYSE:SQNS) and GSI Technology (NASDAQ:GSIT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sequans Communications and GSI Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sequans Communications $40.25 million 2.21 -$36.91 million ($0.36) -3.08
GSI Technology $42.64 million 4.07 -$4.51 million N/A N/A

GSI Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Sequans Communications.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.1% of Sequans Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.7% of GSI Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.4% of Sequans Communications shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 36.3% of GSI Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Sequans Communications has a beta of 3.07, suggesting that its stock price is 207% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GSI Technology has a beta of 1.47, suggesting that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Sequans Communications and GSI Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sequans Communications 0 0 4 0 3.00
GSI Technology 0 1 0 0 2.00

Sequans Communications presently has a consensus price target of $1.97, indicating a potential upside of 77.18%. Given Sequans Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Sequans Communications is more favorable than GSI Technology.

Profitability

This table compares Sequans Communications and GSI Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sequans Communications -91.72% -523.25% -53.68%
GSI Technology 1.06% 0.60% 0.52%

Summary

GSI Technology beats Sequans Communications on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sequans Communications Company Profile

Sequans Communications S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in fabless designing, developing, and supplying 4G LTE semiconductor solutions for wireless broadband and Internet of Things applications. Its solutions incorporate baseband processor and radio frequency (RF) transceiver integrated circuits along with proprietary signal processing techniques, algorithms, and software stacks. The company offers baseband solutions used to encode and decode data based on 4G protocols that serve as the wireless processing platform for a 4G device; RF transceivers used to transmit and receive wireless transmissions; and system-on-chip solutions that integrate the baseband and RF transceiver functions. Its solutions serves as the wireless communications platform in various devices, including USB dongles; portable routers; embedded wireless modems for computing and multimedia devices; and customer-premises equipment, such as fixed wireless broadband access modems, routers, and residential gateways. The company's solutions also provide connectivity for industrial devices in transportation, security, asset tracking, retail, smart energy, smart city, agriculture, healthcare, and other applications. It serves OEMs, ODMs, contract manufacturers, or system integrators, as well as distributors who provide customer communications, logistics, and support functions. The company operates in the Asia-Pacific region, including Taiwan, China, South Korea, and Japan; Europe; the Middle East; and North and South America. Sequans Communications S.A. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

GSI Technology Company Profile

GSI Technology, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and markets memory products primarily for the networking and telecommunications markets in the United States, China, Singapore, the Netherlands, and internationally. It offers synchronous static random access memory (SRAM) products, such as BurstRAMs for microprocessor cache applications; No Bus Turnaround SRAMs to address the needs of moderate performance networking applications; SigmaQuad and SigmaDDR products that are double data rate and quad data rate synchronous SRAMs; and radiation-hardened SRAMs for aerospace and military applications, such as networking satellites and missiles. The company also provides low latency dynamic random access memory products. Its products are incorporated in a range of networking and telecommunications equipment, including core routers, multi-service access routers, universal gateways, enterprise edge routers, service provider edge routers, optical edge routers, fast Ethernet switches, wireless base stations, and network access equipment. The company markets its products through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors to original equipment manufacturers, as well as to military, industrial, test and measurement equipment, automotive, and medical markets. GSI Technology, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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