Silicom (NASDAQ: SILC) and Oplink Communications (NASDAQ:OPLK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Silicom and Oplink Communications’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silicom $100.35 million 5.19 $13.13 million $2.10 33.58
Oplink Communications N/A N/A N/A $0.05 N/A

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

22.6% of Silicom shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.4% of Silicom shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Silicom and Oplink Communications, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silicom 0 0 1 0 3.00
Oplink Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A

Silicom currently has a consensus target price of $75.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.37%.


Silicom pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Oplink Communications does not pay a dividend. Silicom pays out 47.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Silicom and Oplink Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silicom 13.68% 12.77% 10.32%
Oplink Communications N/A N/A N/A


Silicom beats Oplink Communications on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Silicom

Silicom Ltd. (Silicom) is engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing and support of networking and data infrastructure solutions for a range of servers, server-based systems and communications devices. The Company’s products include server network interface cards with and without bypass (Server Adapters); Intelligent and programmable cards, with features, such as encryption, acceleration, data compression, redirection, time stamping, network capture solutions, field programmable gate array (FPGA) based ultra-low latency solutions, and/or other offload features and/or compute blades (Smart Cards), and standalone Products. The Company’s market segments for its products include network appliances; servers; data storage, including Big Data; The Cloud, virtualized data centers, with and without software-defined networking (SDN), and Internet of Things (IOT).

About Oplink Communications

Oplink Communications, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells optical networking components and subsystems. The Company’s products expand optical bandwidth, amplify optical signals, monitor and protect wavelength performance, redirect light signals, ensure signal connectivity and provide signal transmission and reception within an optical network. The Company provides over 350 different products that are sold as components and modules, or is integrated into custom solutions. The Company’s products and solutions can be applied to all segments of the fiber optic network infrastructure including long-haul networks, metropolitan area networks (MANs), local area networks (LANs), wireless backhaul, Internet data centers and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.

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