Head to Head Comparison: IMPINJ (PI) and Inrad Optics (INRD)

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IMPINJ (NASDAQ:PI) and Inrad Optics (OTCMKTS:INRD) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

IMPINJ has a beta of 2.58, meaning that its share price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Inrad Optics has a beta of -0.46, meaning that its share price is 146% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares IMPINJ and Inrad Optics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IMPINJ $125.30 million 2.75 -$17.32 million ($0.29) -55.28
Inrad Optics $9.86 million 1.30 -$680,000.00 N/A N/A

Inrad Optics has lower revenue, but higher earnings than IMPINJ.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for IMPINJ and Inrad Optics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IMPINJ 0 4 2 0 2.33
Inrad Optics 0 0 0 0 N/A

IMPINJ presently has a consensus price target of $19.75, suggesting a potential upside of 23.21%. Given IMPINJ’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe IMPINJ is more favorable than Inrad Optics.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.5% of IMPINJ shares are held by institutional investors. 26.0% of IMPINJ shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of Inrad Optics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares IMPINJ and Inrad Optics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IMPINJ -33.58% -20.18% -14.43%
Inrad Optics 4.13% 23.12% 7.23%

Summary

IMPINJ beats Inrad Optics on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

IMPINJ Company Profile

Impinj, Inc. operates a platform that enables wireless connectivity to everyday items by delivering each item's unique identity, location, and authenticity to business and consumer applications. The company's platform includes endpoint integrated circuits (ICs) product, a miniature radios-on-a-chip, which attach-to and identify their host items; and connectivity layer that comprises readers, gateways, and reader ICs to wirelessly identify, locate, authenticate, and engage endpoints via RAIN, as well as provide power to and communicate bidirectionally with endpoint ICs. Its platform also consists of software layer that comprises ItemSense, an operating system for platform. In addition, the company's platform connects everyday items, such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, drivers' licenses, food, and luggage to consumer and business applications, including inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking, and item authentication, as well as delivers real-time information to businesses about items they create, manage, transport, and sell. It primarily serves retail, healthcare, supply chain and logistics, airline, automotive, industrial and manufacturing, consumer experience, food, datacenter, travel, banking, and linen and uniform tracking sectors through distributors, system integrators, value-added resellers, and software solution partners in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Impinj, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Inrad Optics Company Profile

Inrad Optics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets crystal-based optical components and devices, custom optical components, and precision optical and opto-mechanical assemblies in the United States. The company provides optical components, optical coatings, and subassemblies for the military, aerospace, industrial, and medical marketplace; precision metal optics; and UV filter optical components for use in critical applications in defense systems, such as missile warning sensors, as well as opto-mechanical design and assembly services. Its optical components include planar, prismatic, and spherical components fabricated from glass and synthetic crystals comprising mirrors, lenses, prisms, wave plates, polarizing optics, X-ray monochromators and mirrors, and cavity optics for lasers The company also offers laser system devices and instrumentation products comprising electro-optic and nonlinear crystal devices for altering the intensity, polarization, or wavelength of a laser beam, as well as other crystal components for use in laser research, in commercial laser systems, and in detection of fast neutrons; and pockels' cells and associated electronics. It serves corporations in the defense, aerospace, laser system, process control, and metrology sectors of the photonics industry, as well as the United States Government, national laboratories, and universities. The company markets its products through sales, marketing, and customer service teams, as well as through independent sales agents. Inrad Optics, Inc. also exports its products Europe, Israel, and Asia. The company was formerly known as Photonic Products Group, Inc. and changed its name to Inrad Optics, Inc. in 2012. Inrad Optics, Inc. was founded in 1973 and is based in Northvale, New Jersey.

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