Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL) and Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.


Intersil Corp pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Coherent does not pay a dividend. Intersil Corp pays out 137.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Intersil Corp and Coherent’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intersil Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.35 64.26
Coherent $1.48 billion 3.72 $369.20 million $6.63 33.83

Coherent has higher revenue and earnings than Intersil Corp. Coherent is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Intersil Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Intersil Corp has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Coherent has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Intersil Corp and Coherent’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intersil Corp 13.67% 7.83% 6.57%
Coherent 11.08% 24.98% 12.59%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.4% of Intersil Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.9% of Coherent shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Intersil Corp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Coherent shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Intersil Corp and Coherent, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intersil Corp 0 5 0 0 2.00
Coherent 0 0 7 0 3.00

Intersil Corp currently has a consensus price target of $22.40, suggesting a potential downside of 0.40%. Coherent has a consensus price target of $266.43, suggesting a potential upside of 18.80%. Given Coherent’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Coherent is more favorable than Intersil Corp.


Coherent beats Intersil Corp on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intersil Corp

Intersil Corporation is engaged in designing and developing power management and precision analog integrated circuits (IC). The Company provides power management and precision analog technology for applications in the infrastructure, industrial, automotive, military, aerospace, computing, and consumer markets. It supplies a range of power IC solutions for battery management, processor power management and display power management, including power regulators, converters and controllers, as well as integrated power modules. It also provides precision analog components, such as amplifiers and buffers, proximity and light sensors, data converters, optoelectronics, video decoders and interface products. It is also a supplier of radiation-hardened devices to the military and aerospace industries. It operates in approximately two market categories, including industrial and infrastructure, and computing and consumer.

About Coherent

Coherent, Inc. is a photonics manufacturer. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, servicing and marketing of lasers and related accessories for a range of scientific, commercial and industrial applications. It operates through two segments: Specialty Lasers and Systems (SLS) and Commercial Lasers and Components (CLC). SLS develops and manufactures configurable products serving the microelectronics, scientific research and government programs, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components and instrumentation markets. The Commercial Lasers and Components segment focuses on higher volume products that are offered in set configurations. The product architectures are designed for exchange at the point of use such that substantially all product service and repairs are based upon advanced replacement and depot (that is factory) repair. CLC’s primary markets include materials processing, OEM components, and instrumentation and microelectronics.

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