Critical Analysis: Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ:VLDR) versus Symbotic (NASDAQ:SYM)

Symbotic (NASDAQ:SYMGet Rating) and Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ:VLDRGet Rating) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.


This table compares Symbotic and Velodyne Lidar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symbotic N/A -982.21% -19.67%
Velodyne Lidar -384.36% -65.56% -51.85%

Volatility & Risk

Symbotic has a beta of 1.37, meaning that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Velodyne Lidar has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Symbotic and Velodyne Lidar, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symbotic 0 1 9 0 2.90
Velodyne Lidar 1 1 1 0 2.00

Symbotic currently has a consensus target price of $20.60, indicating a potential upside of 79.60%. Velodyne Lidar has a consensus target price of $3.98, indicating a potential upside of 220.56%. Given Velodyne Lidar’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Velodyne Lidar is more favorable than Symbotic.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Symbotic and Velodyne Lidar’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Symbotic N/A N/A -$1.95 million N/A N/A
Velodyne Lidar $61.92 million 4.40 -$212.24 million ($0.94) -1.32

Symbotic has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Velodyne Lidar.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.5% of Velodyne Lidar shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.4% of Velodyne Lidar shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Symbotic beats Velodyne Lidar on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Symbotic

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Symbotic Inc., an automation technology company, provides robotics and technology to improve efficiency for retailers and wholesalers in the United States. It offers The Symbotic System, a full-service warehouse automation system that reduces costs, improves efficiency, and maximizes inventory. The company is based in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

About Velodyne Lidar

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Velodyne Lidar, Inc. provides real-time 3D vision for autonomous systems worldwide. It offers surround-view lidar for autonomous vehicles, drones, security, mobile robots, and mapping applications; and solid state lidar for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous applications. The company also provides Vella Development Kit that provides access to lidar-based perception software paired with sensors; Intelligent Infrastructure Solution for monitoring traffic networks and public spaces to generate real-time data analytics and predictions for enhancing traffic and crowd flow efficiency; and Vella software solution, a data curation software platform. Velodyne Lidar, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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