Head to Head Survey: LDK Solar (LDKYQ) vs. United Microelectronics (UMC)

LDK Solar (OTCMKTS: LDKYQ) and United Microelectronics (NYSE:UMC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares LDK Solar and United Microelectronics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LDK Solar N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
United Microelectronics $5.01 billion 1.36 $326.47 million N/A N/A

United Microelectronics has higher revenue and earnings than LDK Solar.


United Microelectronics pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. LDK Solar does not pay a dividend.


This table compares LDK Solar and United Microelectronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LDK Solar N/A N/A N/A
United Microelectronics 7.21% 5.03% 2.78%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.6% of United Microelectronics shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of United Microelectronics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

LDK Solar has a beta of 3.8, meaning that its share price is 280% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Microelectronics has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for LDK Solar and United Microelectronics, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LDK Solar 0 0 0 0 N/A
United Microelectronics 2 4 1 0 1.86

United Microelectronics has a consensus target price of $2.60, indicating a potential downside of 6.47%. Given United Microelectronics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe United Microelectronics is more favorable than LDK Solar.


United Microelectronics beats LDK Solar on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LDK Solar

LDK Solar Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets photovoltaic (PV) products in the People's Republic of China, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and North America. The company operates through two segments, Polysilicon and Other PV Products. It produces and sells solar-grade and electronic-grade polysilicon. The company also manufactures and sells multicrystalline and monocrystalline solar wafers to manufacturers of solar cells and solar modules; and PV cells and PV modules. In addition, it provides solar module processing services; designs and develops solar farm projects, as well as offers related engineering, procurement, and construction services for solar farm projects; and sells silicon materials, which include ingots and polysilicon scraps. LDK Solar CO., Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is based in Xinyu, the People's Republic of China.

About United Microelectronics

United Microelectronics Corporation provides semiconductor wafer foundry solutions. The company operates through Wafer Fabrication and New Business segments. It provides circuit design, mask tooling, wafer fabrication, and assembly and testing services. The company also engages in the research, development, and manufacture of products in the solar energy and light-emitting diode industries. It serves fabless design companies, and integrated device manufacturers. The company operates primarily in Taiwan, Singapore, China, Japan, Europe, and the United States. United Microelectronics Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Hsinchu City, Taiwan.

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