Reviewing Aquantia (NYSE:AQ) & Semiconductor Manufacturing International (NYSE:SMICY)

Aquantia (NYSE:AQ) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (OTCMKTS:SMICY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aquantia and Semiconductor Manufacturing International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aquantia $120.78 million 3.96 -$9.77 million ($0.29) -45.66
Semiconductor Manufacturing International $3.36 billion 1.87 $134.05 million $0.15 41.53

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


This table compares Aquantia and Semiconductor Manufacturing International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aquantia -43.65% -45.02% -34.83%
Semiconductor Manufacturing International 1.84% 0.64% 0.39%

Volatility & Risk

Aquantia has a beta of 0.18, indicating that its stock price is 82% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Semiconductor Manufacturing International has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.8% of Aquantia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Semiconductor Manufacturing International shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.2% of Aquantia shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aquantia and Semiconductor Manufacturing International, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aquantia 0 3 2 0 2.40
Semiconductor Manufacturing International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Aquantia currently has a consensus price target of $13.67, indicating a potential upside of 3.22%. Given Aquantia’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aquantia is more favorable than Semiconductor Manufacturing International.


Semiconductor Manufacturing International beats Aquantia on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Aquantia

Aquantia Corp., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and markets advanced high-speed communication integrated circuits for Ethernet connectivity in the data center, enterprise infrastructure, access, and automotive markets worldwide. Its products include corporate data center products; enterprise infrastructure products; and access products, such as client connectivity and carrier access. The company sells its products to integrated circuit suppliers, original equipment manufacturers, and original design manufacturers through direct sales. Aquantia Corp. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

About Semiconductor Manufacturing International

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, an investment holding company, engages in the computer-aided design, manufacture, testing, packaging, and trading of integrated circuits (IC) and other semiconductor services. It is also involved in wafer manufacturing, wafer probing and bumping, technology development, design service, mask manufacturing, assembly and final testing of integrated circuits; and sales of self-manufactured products. In addition, the company designs and manufactures semiconductor masks; and offers marketing related services. It operates in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company serves integrated device manufacturers, fabless semiconductor companies, and system companies. Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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