Contrasting ParkerVision (PRKR) and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l (SMI)

ParkerVision (NASDAQ: PRKR) and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l (NYSE:SMI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.8% of ParkerVision shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.7% of Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of ParkerVision shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for ParkerVision and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ParkerVision 0 0 1 0 3.00
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l 7 4 1 0 1.50

ParkerVision presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 961.95%. Given ParkerVision’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ParkerVision is more favorable than Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ParkerVision and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ParkerVision $4.06 million 5.48 -$21.50 million ($1.20) -0.94
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l $2.91 billion 2.46 $376.63 million $0.25 30.80

Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l has higher revenue and earnings than ParkerVision. ParkerVision is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares ParkerVision and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ParkerVision N/A N/A -157.85%
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l 7.54% 4.06% 2.24%

Risk and Volatility

ParkerVision has a beta of 2.02, meaning that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l has a beta of 0.38, meaning that its stock price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l beats ParkerVision on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

ParkerVision Company Profile

ParkerVision, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing and marketing of its radio frequency (RF) technologies and products. The Company’s business is focused on the development and marketing of its RF technologies for mobile and other wireless applications. Its products include a modulator/demodulator component that incorporates its technologies, as well as a small number of supporting components that are used in the assembly of wireless devices. Its products are used in wireless communication products and applications. In addition, it offers engineering design and consulting services to third parties to assist them in developing and testing products. Its technologies represent methods for processing RF waveforms in wireless applications. Its technologies apply to both transmit and receive functions of transmitters, receivers and transceivers. A portion of its transmit technology is marketed as Direct2Power (d2p) and its receiver technology is marketed as Direct2Data (d2d).

Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l Company Profile

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation is an investment holding company principally engaged in the computer-aided design, manufacture, packaging and trading of integrated circuits (IC), as well as the provision of other semiconductor services. The Company is also involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductor masks. The Company’s main products are various types of wafers. The Company distributes its products in domestic market and to overseas markets, such as the Europe and the United States.

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