Financial analysis: AEye (NASDAQ: LIDR) and Aeva Technologies (NYSE: AEVA)

AEye (NASDAQ:LIDR – Get Rating) and Aeva Technologies (NYSE:AEVA – Get Rating) are both small cap auto/tire/truck companies, but which is the better stock? We’ll compare the two companies based on valuation strength, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

23.8% of AEye shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of Aeva Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 16.1% of AEye shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that endowments, hedge funds, and large fund managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of the current ratings and recommendations for AEye and Aeva Technologies, as reported by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Eye 0 0 3 0 3.00
Aeva Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80

AEye currently has a consensus price target of $14.67, suggesting a potential upside of 188.15%. Aeva Technologies has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 162.39%. Given AEye’s stronger consensus rating and higher likely upside, analysts clearly believe AEye is more favorable than Aeva Technologies.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share and valuation of AEye and Aeva Technologies.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Eye $3.01 million 264.37 -$65.01 million N / A N / A
Aeva Technologies $9.27 million 80.15 -$101.88 million ($0.51) -6.75

AEye has higher revenue, but lower revenue than Aeva Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

AEye has a beta of 2.65, which means its price is 165% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Aeva Technologies has a beta of 0.69, which means its price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of AEye and Aeva Technologies.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Eye N / A -44.51% -19.26%
Aeva Technologies -1,099.60% -19.36% -18.60%


AEye beats Aeva Technologies on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AEye (Get a rating)

AEye, Inc. develops hardware, software and vision algorithms for autonomous vehicles. The company offers sensors, such as 4Sight A and 4Sight M. It designs iDAR, an artificial perception robotic solution that merges LiDAR, computer vision and artificial intelligence for motion perception and planning for advanced assistive systems. driving (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. The company provides an iDAR platform that provides automotive digitization and reliability; Dynamic Vixels, a type of sensor data that combines pixels from 2D cameras with voxels from LiDAR; and artificial intelligence and software definability. In addition, it offers the AE100 robotic perception system, a solid-state iDAR-based product for the autonomous vehicle, ADAS and mobility markets; and AE200, designed to meet the need for modular, high-performance sensors based on the iDAR platform. The company was formerly known as US LADAR, Inc. and changed its name to AEye, Inc. in March 2016. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is based in Dublin, California.

About Aeva Technologies (Get an assessment)

Aeva Technologies, Inc., with its Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) sensing technology, designs a 4D LiDAR on a chip that enables the adoption of LiDAR in various applications. from automated driving to consumer electronics, consumer health, industrial automation and security applications. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in Mountain View, California.

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Sarah J. Greer