Head-To-Head Analysis: Spi Energy (NASDAQ:SPI) and Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ:MLNX)

Spi Energy (NASDAQ:SPI) and Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ:MLNX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Spi Energy has a beta of 4.7, indicating that its share price is 370% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mellanox Technologies has a beta of 0.49, indicating that its share price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Spi Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.0% of Mellanox Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Mellanox Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Spi Energy and Mellanox Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spi Energy N/A N/A N/A
Mellanox Technologies 14.03% 18.84% 15.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Spi Energy and Mellanox Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spi Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mellanox Technologies 0 7 0 0 2.00

Mellanox Technologies has a consensus price target of $123.99, indicating a potential upside of 7.91%. Given Mellanox Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Mellanox Technologies is more favorable than Spi Energy.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Spi Energy and Mellanox Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spi Energy $125.58 million 0.22 -$12.28 million N/A N/A
Mellanox Technologies $1.09 billion 5.86 $134.26 million $3.85 29.84

Mellanox Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Spi Energy.


Mellanox Technologies beats Spi Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Spi Energy

SPI Energy Co., Ltd. provides photovoltaic solutions for business, residential, government, and utility customers and investors. It offers engineering, procurement, and construction services to independent power developers and producers, and commercial and industrial companies. The company also develops, owns, and operates solar projects that sell electricity to power companies and other electricity off-takers. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated 73.12 megawatts of solar projects. The company operates in China, Greece, the United States, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. SPI Energy Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Shatin, Hong Kong.

About Mellanox Technologies

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, manufactures, markets, and sells interconnect products and solutions. Its products facilitate data transmission between servers, storage systems, communications infrastructure equipment, and other embedded systems. The company offers InfiniBand solutions, including switch and gateway integrated circuits (ICs), adapter cards, cables, modules, and software, as well as switch, gateway, and long-haul systems; and Ethernet solutions, such as Ethernet switch products and Ethernet adapters for use in enterprise data center, high-performance computing, embedded environments, hyperscale, Web 2.0, and cloud data centers. It also provides adapters to server, storage, communications infrastructure, and embedded systems original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as ICs or standard card form factors with PCI express interfaces; and switch ICs and systems to server, storage, communications infrastructure, and embedded systems OEMs to create switching equipment. In addition, the company supports server operating systems, including Linux, Windows, AIX, HPUX, Solaris, and VxWorks. It sells its products through its direct sales force, a network of sales representatives, and independent distributors. The company operates in the United States, China, Europe, rest of Americas, and rest of Asia. Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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