Tessera Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER) and Chipmos Technologies (NASDAQ:IMOS) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, profitabiliy and dividends.

Dividends

Tessera Holding Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Chipmos Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.4%. Tessera Holding Corporation pays out 145.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Chipmos Technologies pays out 65.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Chipmos Technologies is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Tessera Holding Corporation and Chipmos Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tessera Holding Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
Chipmos Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Tessera Holding Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $53.00, indicating a potential upside of 73.49%. Chipmos Technologies has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 9.02%. Given Tessera Holding Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Tessera Holding Corporation is more favorable than Chipmos Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Tessera Holding Corporation has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chipmos Technologies has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Tessera Holding Corporation and Chipmos Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tessera Holding Corporation 10.11% 12.62% 7.49%
Chipmos Technologies 17.63% 8.46% 4.56%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tessera Holding Corporation and Chipmos Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tessera Holding Corporation N/A N/A N/A $0.55 55.55
Chipmos Technologies N/A N/A N/A $2.29 8.81

Chipmos Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tessera Holding Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.8% of Tessera Holding Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.6% of Chipmos Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Tessera Holding Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Tessera Holding Corporation beats Chipmos Technologies on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tessera Holding Corporation

Tessera Holding Corporation is a product and technology licensing company. The Company’s technologies and intellectual property are deployed, in areas, such as audio, computational imaging, computer vision, mobile computing and communications, memory, data storage, three dimensional (3D) semiconductor interconnect and packaging. The Company delivers smart sight and sound solutions, and 3D semiconductor interconnect solutions for mobile devices, consumer electronics, and automotive markets. The Company also addresses technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR). It offers audio solutions for mobile devices, home theater systems and cinema. The Company’s subsidiaries include Tessera Technologies, Inc., DTS, Inc., Invensas Corporation and FotoNation.

About Chipmos Technologies

ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (Bermuda) LTD. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of semiconductor assembly and test services. The Company provides testing and assembly services for liquid crystal display (LCD) and other flat-panel display driver semiconductors in Taiwan, and for memory and logic/mixed-signal products in Taiwan and Mainland China. The Company’s business segments are testing services for memory and logic/mixed-signal semiconductors; assembly services for memory and logic/mixed-signal semiconductors; LCD and other flat-panel display driver semiconductor testing and assembly services, and bumping services for memory, logic/mixed-signal and LCD and other flat-panel display driver semiconductors. The Company provides testing services for a range of memory semiconductors, such as Static Random Access Memory (SRAM), Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and Flash memory. Its production facilities are located in Hsinchu and Tainan, Taiwan and Shanghai, Mainland China.

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