Comparing VIA optronics (NYSE:VIAO) and POET Technologies (OTCMKTS:POETF)

POET Technologies (OTCMKTS:POETFGet Rating) and VIA optronics (NYSE:VIAOGet Rating) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.


This table compares POET Technologies and VIA optronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
POET Technologies N/A -88.82% -74.05%
VIA optronics -7.61% -21.07% -9.28%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for POET Technologies and VIA optronics, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
POET Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
VIA optronics 0 0 1 0 3.00

VIA optronics has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 187.36%.

Volatility & Risk

POET Technologies has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VIA optronics has a beta of 0.53, indicating that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares POET Technologies and VIA optronics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
POET Technologies $4.43 million 0.00 -$18.17 million ($0.05) N/A
VIA optronics $213.92 million 0.18 -$13.91 million ($0.76) -2.29

VIA optronics has higher revenue and earnings than POET Technologies. VIA optronics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than POET Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.5% of VIA optronics shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.9% of VIA optronics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


VIA optronics beats POET Technologies on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About POET Technologies

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POET Technologies, Inc. engages in the designing, developing, manufacturing and sale of opto-electronic solutions for the sensing, data communications and telecommunications markets. It developed POET Optical Interposer platform, which allows the integration of electronic and photonic devices into a single multi-chip module. The company was founded on November 14, 1985 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

About VIA optronics

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VIA optronics AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides display solutions worldwide. It also develops, manufactures, and sells customized and application-specific metal mesh touch sensors and electrode base film materials for use in touch modules or other touch products. In addition, the company offers interactive display solutions, including curved display panels and solutions integrating multiple display touch assemblies; and optical bonding services, as well as licenses optical bonding process and sells related equipment. It serves automotive, consumer electronics, and industrial/specialized end markets. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany. VIA optronics AG is a subsidiary of Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc.

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