Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: CY) and Vimicro International Corporation (NASDAQ:VIMC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Vimicro International Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation 1 2 9 0 2.67
Vimicro International Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $17.55, indicating a potential upside of 8.98%. Given Cypress Semiconductor Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Cypress Semiconductor Corporation is more favorable than Vimicro International Corporation.

Risk and Volatility

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation has a beta of 2.02, indicating that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vimicro International Corporation has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Vimicro International Corporation does not pay a dividend. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation pays out -110.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Vimicro International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation -5.75% 9.01% 4.43%
Vimicro International Corporation 20.38% 17.78% 8.86%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.3% of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation $1.92 billion 2.79 -$686.25 million ($0.40) -40.25
Vimicro International Corporation N/A N/A N/A $0.29 46.31

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

Summary

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation beats Vimicro International Corporation on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation Company Profile

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation manufactures embedded system solutions for automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. The Company’s segments include Microcontroller and Connectivity Division (MCD), and Memory Products Division (MPD). MCD focuses on microcontroller (MCU), analog and wireless and wired connectivity solutions. MPD focuses on parallel and serial NOR flash memories, NAND flash memories, static random access memory (SRAM), ferroelectric-random access memory (F-RAM) ferroelectric memory devices and other specialty memories. The Company’s products include Traveo MCUs and Flexible MCUs; PSoC 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP; CapSense, and TrueTouch Analog Power Management integrated circuits (PMICs) and energy harvesting solutions.

Vimicro International Corporation Company Profile

Vimicro International Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of video surveillance technology and solutions that designs, develops and markets a range of video surveillance products and solutions to Government entities, private enterprises and consumers. It operates in two segments: Video surveillance solutions business and Video processors business. Video surveillance solutions business, which refers business activities that are engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of video surveillance solutions and products and provision of related services, and Video processors business, which refers business activities that are engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of video processors, including the video processors used in video surveillance solutions and personal computer camera processors. It provides video surveillance products and solutions ranging from front-end Internet Protocol cameras to back-end software platform using its chip and algorithm technology.

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