Reviewing Spire (SPIR) & Nlight (LASR)

Spire (OTCMKTS:SPIR) and Nlight (NASDAQ:LASR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Spire and Nlight’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nlight $138.58 million 5.04 $1.83 million N/A N/A

Nlight has higher revenue and earnings than Spire.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.0% of Nlight shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.2% of Spire shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Spire and Nlight’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spire N/A N/A N/A
Nlight 6.93% 9.94% 7.12%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Spire and Nlight, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spire 1 0 0 0 1.00
Nlight 1 3 4 1 2.56

Spire presently has a consensus target price of $66.00, indicating a potential upside of 1,466,566.67%. Nlight has a consensus target price of $30.63, indicating a potential upside of 60.26%. Given Spire’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Spire is more favorable than Nlight.


Nlight beats Spire on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Spire

Spire Corporation is engaged in developing, manufacturing, and marketing engineered products and services in the areas of photovoltaic solar and biomedical. The company offers specialized equipment for the production of terrestrial photovoltaic modules from solar cells; and photovoltaic systems for grid connected application in the commercial markets. Its products comprise Spi-Sun simulator, which tests module performance; and turn-key cell and module lines, and other individual equipment. The company also provides training and assistance with module certification, and solar factory management services. In addition, it offers surface treatments to the manufacturers of orthopedic and other medical devices; and performs sponsored research programs into practical applications of biomedical technologies. The company offers its products directly, as well as through distributors and sales representatives in the United States, Asia, Europe/Africa, and internationally. Spire Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Billerica, Massachusetts.

About Nlight

nLIGHT, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures semiconductor and fiber lasers used in various end applications in the industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace and defense markets. The company also produces optical fiber products. It markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturer primarily through direct sales force in the United States, China, South Korea, Germany, and Finland, as well as through various independent sales representatives and distributors in North America, Asia, and Europe. The company was formerly known as nLight Photonics Corporation and changed its name to nLIGHT, Inc. in January 2016. nLIGHT, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.

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