Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.8% of Advanced Micro Devices shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.6% of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Advanced Micro Devices shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.8% of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Advanced Micro Devices and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advanced Micro Devices 4 13 10 0 2.22
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33

Advanced Micro Devices currently has a consensus target price of $13.03, indicating a potential downside of 5.60%. Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has a consensus target price of $8.15, indicating a potential upside of 20.56%. Given Lattice Semiconductor Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lattice Semiconductor Corporation is more favorable than Advanced Micro Devices.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Advanced Micro Devices and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advanced Micro Devices $4.42 billion 2.95 -$206.00 million ($0.56) -24.64
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation $435.13 million 1.90 $65.37 million ($0.35) -19.31

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Advanced Micro Devices. Advanced Micro Devices is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Advanced Micro Devices and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advanced Micro Devices -10.42% -76.29% -4.49%
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation -9.57% 3.72% 1.34%

Volatility and Risk

Advanced Micro Devices has a beta of 2.68, meaning that its stock price is 168% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation beats Advanced Micro Devices on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Advanced Micro Devices Company Profile

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is a global semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in offering x86 microprocessors, as standalone devices or as incorporated into an accelerated processing unit (APU), chipsets, discrete graphics processing units (GPUs) and professional graphics, and server and embedded processors and semi-custom System-on-Chip (SoC) products and technology for game consoles. The Company’s segments include the Computing and Graphics segment, and the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment. The Computing and Graphics segment primarily includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics. The Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment primarily includes server and embedded processors, semi-custom SoC products, development services, technology for game consoles and licensing portions of its intellectual property portfolio.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation Company Profile

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation is a United States-based company, which develops semiconductor technologies that it monetizes through products, solutions and licenses. The Company operates through two segments: the core Lattice (Core) business, which includes intellectual property (IP) and semiconductor devices, and Qterics, a discrete software-as-a-service business unit in the Lattice legal entity structure. The Company is a provider of customizable smart connectivity solutions based on its low power field programmable gate array (FPGA), video application specific standard product (ASSP), 60 gigahertz millimeter wave, and IP products to the consumer, communications, industrial, computing and automotive markets across the world. Its products include iCE40 Ultra/UltraLite, iCE40 LP/HX/LM, MachXO3, MachXO2, MachXO, HDMI Transmitters, HDMI Receivers, USB Type-C Port Controllers, Port Processors, Analog to HDMI/MHL Converters, MHL Transmitters, UltraGig 6400 and 802.11ad Chipsets.

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