Financial Review: Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ:VLDR) versus Rotor Acquisition (NYSE:ROT)

Rotor Acquisition (NYSE:ROT) and Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ:VLDR) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.2% of Rotor Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.8% of Velodyne Lidar shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.3% of Velodyne Lidar shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Rotor Acquisition 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
Rotor Acquisition N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Velodyne Lidar $95.36 million 12.88 -$149.86 million ($0.93) -6.75

Rotor Acquisition has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Velodyne Lidar.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Rotor Acquisition and Velodyne Lidar, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rotor Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A
Velodyne Lidar 1 4 4 0 2.33

Velodyne Lidar has a consensus price target of $18.38, indicating a potential upside of 192.60%. Given Velodyne Lidar’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Velodyne Lidar is more favorable than Rotor Acquisition.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rotor Acquisition N/A N/A N/A
Velodyne Lidar -293.18% -71.29% -57.44%

Rotor Acquisition Company Profile

Rotor Acquisition Corp. does not have significant operations. It intends to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization, or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. The company was incorporated in 2020 and is based in New York, New York.

Velodyne Lidar Company Profile

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. operates as an automotive technology company, which engages in the provision of real-time three dimensional (3D) vision for autonomous systems. The firm’s products include solid state sensors, surround sensors, and software solutions. It also develops and produces Lidar sensors for use in industrial, 3D mapping, drones, and auto applications. The company was founded by David S. Hall in 1983 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

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