Head-To-Head Survey: Power Integrations (POWI) & Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC)

Power Integrations (NASDAQ: POWI) and Applied Micro Circuits (NASDAQ:AMCC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

96.3% of Power Integrations shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.3% of Applied Micro Circuits shares are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Power Integrations shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of Applied Micro Circuits shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Power Integrations and Applied Micro Circuits’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Power Integrations $431.76 million 4.97 $27.60 million $0.90 79.94
Applied Micro Circuits N/A N/A N/A ($0.38) N/A

Power Integrations has higher revenue and earnings than Applied Micro Circuits. Applied Micro Circuits is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Power Integrations, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Power Integrations and Applied Micro Circuits, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Power Integrations 0 3 2 0 2.40
Applied Micro Circuits 0 0 0 0 N/A

Power Integrations presently has a consensus price target of $81.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.58%.


This table compares Power Integrations and Applied Micro Circuits’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Power Integrations 6.39% 12.70% 11.41%
Applied Micro Circuits -11.11% -16.63% -13.04%


Power Integrations pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Applied Micro Circuits does not pay a dividend. Power Integrations pays out 71.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Power Integrations beats Applied Micro Circuits on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Power Integrations Company Profile

Power Integrations, Inc. designs, develops and markets analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), and other electronic components and circuitry used in high-voltage power conversion. The Company’s products are used in power converters that convert electricity from a high-voltage source to the type of power required for downstream use. The Company’s ICs used in alternating current (AC)-direct current (DC) power supply convert high-voltage AC from a wall outlet to the low-voltage DC required by electronic devices. The Company offers a range of products, such as TOPSwitch, TinySwitch, LinkSwitch and Hiper families. The Company also offers CapZero and SenZero families. The Company offers a range of high-voltage gate-driver products sold under the SCALE and SCALE-II product-family names. The DPA-Switch family of products is a monolithic high-voltage DC-DC power conversion IC designed specifically for use in distributed power architectures.

Applied Micro Circuits Company Profile

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) provides silicon solutions for cloud infrastructure and data centers, as well as connectivity products for edge, metro and long haul communications equipment. The Company’s products serve Computing and Connectivity markets. Its Computing products include the X-Gene family of server processors, based on the ARMv8 64-bit Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), which target mainstream cloud and data center infrastructure, including hyperscale, telco, enterprise and high performance computing. It also offers embedded computing products, which include HeliX family of processors, based on the ARM 64-bit ISA and its PowerPC products, based on Power Architecture. Its embedded Computing products are deployed in various applications, including networking and telecom, enterprise storage and industrial applications. The Connectivity business includes X-Weave family of products for service providers and public cloud, private cloud and enterprise data centers.

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