Semtech (NASDAQ: SMTC) and Intersil (NASDAQ:ISIL) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Semtech and Intersil’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Semtech $544.27 million 4.36 $54.66 million $0.68 52.65
Intersil N/A N/A N/A $0.35 64.26

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.0% of Semtech shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.4% of Intersil shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Semtech shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Intersil 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Semtech 7.79% 12.13% 7.38%
Intersil 13.67% 7.83% 6.57%

Dividends

Intersil pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Semtech does not pay a dividend. Intersil 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Semtech and Intersil, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Semtech 0 2 9 0 2.82
Intersil 0 1 0 0 2.00

Semtech presently has a consensus price target of $41.90, suggesting a potential upside of 17.04%. Intersil has a consensus price target of $22.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.04%. Given Semtech’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Semtech is more favorable than Intersil.

Summary

Semtech beats Intersil on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Semtech Company Profile

Semtech Corporation is a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. The Company designs, develops and markets a range of products for commercial applications, which are sold into the enterprise computing, communications, consumer and industrial end-markets. Its product lines include Signal Integrity, Protection, Wireless and Sensing, and Power and High-Reliability. Applications for the industrial market include video broadcast studio equipment, automated meter reading, wireless charging, military and aerospace, medical, security systems, automotive, Internet of Things, industrial and home automation, and video security and surveillance. Enterprise computing end-markets include desktops, notebooks, servers, graphic boards, printers, datacenter related equipment and passive optical networks. Communications end-market applications include wireless base stations, carrier networks, switches and routers, cable modems, signal conditioners and wireless local area network.

Intersil Company Profile

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.

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