Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX) and Netlist (NASDAQ:NLST) Critical Contrast

Netlist (NASDAQ:NLST – Get Rating) and Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX – Get Rating) are both small-cap IT and technology companies, but which business is superior? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity, and return on assets of Netlist and Magnachip Semiconductor.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
netlist 1.68% 6.33% 3.39%
Magnachip Semiconductor 16.19% 10.61% 8.20%

Volatility and risk

Netlist has a beta of 1.2, indicating its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Magnachip Semiconductor has a beta of 0.94, indicating its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Notes

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Netlist and Magnachip Semiconductor, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
netlist 0 0 0 0 N / A
Magnachip Semiconductor 0 0 2 0 3.00

Magnachip Semiconductor has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 26.20%. Given Magnachip Semiconductor’s likely higher upside, analysts clearly believe that Magnachip Semiconductor is more favorable than Netlist.

Institutional and insider ownership

0.0% of Netlist shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 70.9% of Magnachip Semiconductor’s stock is held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Netlist shares are held by insiders of the company. By comparison, 4.1% of Magnachip Semiconductor’s stock is held by insiders of the company. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, large fund managers, and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and benefits

This chart compares gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Netlist and Magnachip Semiconductor.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
netlist $142.35 million 7.26 $4.83 million $0.00 -443,000.00
Magnachip Semiconductor $474.23 million 1.88 $56.71 million $1.55 12.78

Magnachip Semiconductor has higher revenue and profit than Netlist. Netlist trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Magnachip Semiconductor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Magnachip Semiconductor beats Netlist on 11 out of 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Netlist Company Profile (Get a rating)

Netlist, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets memory subsystems for the server, high-performance computing, and communications markets in the United States and around the world. It offers HybriDIMM, a storage-class memory product, which unifies dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and NAND flash memory in a plug-and-play module offering terabyte storage capacities operating at memory speeds of the order of a nanosecond. The company also provides non-volatile (NV) memory products, such as NVvault DDR4 NVDIMM which provides data acceleration and protection in an electronic device engineering board standard DDR4 interface; and specialty DIMMs and embedded flash products for use in data centers and industrial applications. It resells components, including solid-state drives, NAND flash, and DRAM products to storage customers, appliance customers, system builders, and cloud and data center customers; and sells inventory of components to distributors and other users of memory ICs. The company markets and sells its products through a direct sales force and a network of independent sales representatives. Netlist, Inc. was incorporated in 2000 and is based in Irvine, California.

Magnachip Semiconductor Company Profile (Get a rating)

Magnachip Semiconductor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures and delivers analog and mixed-signal semiconductor platform solutions for communications, Internet of Things, consumer, industrial and automotive applications. It provides display solutions, including source and gate drivers, and timing controllers that cover a range of flat panel displays used in mobile communications, automotive, entertainment devices, laptops, liquid crystal displays and monitors, and micro-light-emitting diode (LED) televisions. The company also offers metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors, insulated gate bipolar transistors, AC-DC converters, DC-DC converters, LED drivers, regulators and power management ICs. power supply for a range of devices including televisions, smartphones, mobile phones. , portable devices, desktop computers, laptops, tablets and other consumer electronics, as well as electricity suppliers, electric bicycles, photovoltaic inverters, LED lighting, motors and household appliances; and organic light-emitting diode display driver ICs for OLED TVs. It serves consumer, computer and industrial electronics original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers and electronics manufacturing service companies, as well as subsystem designers in Korea, Asia Pacific, USA, Europe and International. The company sells its products through a direct sales force, as well as through a network of agents and distributors. Magnachip Semiconductor Corporation was incorporated in 2004 and is based in Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

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