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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Exar and Integrated Device Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share 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
Integrated Device Technology $732.83 million 4.52 $171.78 million $0.77 32.21

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

Profitability

This table compares Exar and Integrated Device Technology’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%
Integrated Device Technology 14.50% 20.34% 12.63%

Risk & Volatility

Exar has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Integrated Device Technology has a beta of 1.99, meaning that its stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Exar and Integrated Device Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exar 0 2 1 0 2.33
Integrated Device Technology 2 2 9 0 2.54

Exar currently has a consensus price target of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.08%. Integrated Device Technology has a consensus price target of $28.09, suggesting a potential upside of 13.27%. Given Integrated Device Technology’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Integrated Device Technology is more favorable than Exar.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.8% of Exar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.9% of Integrated Device Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Exar shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Integrated Device Technology shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Integrated Device Technology beats Exar on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Exar

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.

About Integrated Device Technology

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. develops system-level solutions that optimize its customers’ applications. The Company operates through two segments: the Communications, and the Computing, Consumer and Industrial. It offers products in radio frequency (RF), timing, wireless power transfer, serial switching, interfaces and sensing solutions. It offers a range of mixed-signal solutions for the communications, computing, consumer, automotive and industrial segments. These products are used for development in areas, such as fourth generation (4G) infrastructure, network communications, cloud datacenters and power management for computing and mobile devices. It offers solutions in designing communications, computing, consumer, automotive and industrial applications. It markets its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) through a range of channels, including direct sales, distributors and electronic manufacturing suppliers (EMSs).

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