Analyzing Netlist (NLST) & Its Peers

Netlist (NASDAQ:NLSTGet Rating) is one of 163 public companies in the “Semiconductors & related devices” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Netlist to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Netlist has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Netlist’s competitors have a beta of 4.16, meaning that their average share price is 316% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Netlist and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Netlist 0 0 0 0 N/A
Netlist Competitors 2301 9112 16557 686 2.55

As a group, “Semiconductors & related devices” companies have a potential upside of 45.64%. Given Netlist’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Netlist has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Netlist shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of shares of all “Semiconductors & related devices” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of Netlist shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of shares of all “Semiconductors & related devices” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Netlist and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Netlist $142.35 million $4.83 million 410.41
Netlist Competitors $3.68 billion $746.03 million 22.12

Netlist’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Netlist. Netlist is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Netlist and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Netlist 3.39% 13.33% 6.34%
Netlist Competitors -23.21% 2.14% 2.75%


Netlist competitors beat Netlist on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

About Netlist (Get Rating)

Netlist, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets memory subsystems for the server, high-performance computing, and communications markets in the United States and internationally. It offers HybriDIMM, a storage class memory product, which unifies dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and NAND flash in a plug-and-play module delivering terabyte storage capacities operating at nanosecond memory speeds. The company also provides nonvolatile (NV) memory products, such as NVvault DDR4 NVDIMM that provides data acceleration and protection in a joint electron device engineering council standard DDR4 interface; and specialty DIMMs and embedded flash products for use in data center and industrial applications. It resells component products, including solid state drive (SSDs), NAND flash, and DRAM products to storage customers, appliance customers, system builders, and cloud and datacenter customers; and sells component inventory to distributors and other users of memory integrated circuits. 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 headquartered in Irvine, California.

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