Exar (NYSE: EXAR) and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Exar has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has a beta of 1.53, indicating that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.8% of Exar shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.2% of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Exar shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.8% of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Exar and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exar 0 2 1 0 2.33
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33

Exar currently has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.08%. Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has a consensus target price of $8.15, indicating a potential upside of 43.74%. Given Lattice Semiconductor Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lattice Semiconductor Corporation is more favorable than Exar.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Exar and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exar N/A N/A N/A $1.04 12.49
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation $430.06 million 1.62 $63.07 million ($0.34) -16.68

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exar 6.30% 2.37% 2.13%
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation -9.50% 3.95% 1.44%

Summary

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation beats Exar on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Exar Company Profile

Exar Corporation (Exar) designs, develops and markets analog mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and sub-system solutions. The Company’s products are deployed in a range of applications, such as industrial, instrumentation and medical equipment, networking and telecommunication systems, servers, enterprise storage systems, flat panel displays, light emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions, set top boxes and digital video recorders. Exar’s product portfolio includes connectivity, power management, high performance analog, communications, processors, flat panel display and LED lighting. The Company designs and develops amplifiers and data converters that support a range of signal path and conditioning needs of networking, industrial control and embedded applications. The Company markets its products to three primary markets, such as industrial and embedded systems, consumer and infrastructure.

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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