Critical Review: Intermolecular (IMI) and Silicon Labs (SLAB)

Intermolecular (NASDAQ: IMI) and Silicon Labs (NASDAQ:SLAB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

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Intermolecular has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silicon Labs has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Intermolecular and Silicon Labs’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intermolecular $37.20 million 1.64 -$10.40 million N/A N/A
Silicon Labs $768.87 million 4.93 $47.09 million $2.35 37.34

Silicon Labs has higher revenue and earnings than Intermolecular.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.3% of Intermolecular shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.6% of Silicon Labs shares are held by institutional investors. 45.4% of Intermolecular shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Silicon Labs shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Intermolecular and Silicon Labs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intermolecular -27.96% -27.94% -22.35%
Silicon Labs 6.12% 11.11% 7.01%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Intermolecular and Silicon Labs, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intermolecular 0 0 0 0 N/A
Silicon Labs 0 1 8 0 2.89

Silicon Labs has a consensus target price of $105.33, indicating a potential upside of 20.04%. Given Silicon Labs’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Silicon Labs is more favorable than Intermolecular.

Summary

Silicon Labs beats Intermolecular on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intermolecular Company Profile

Intermolecular, Inc. engages in the development of advanced materials using high productivity combinatorial (HPC) technology platform for the semiconductors, consumer electronics, automotive, and aerospace industries worldwide. The company's HPC platform includes Tempus processing tools, automated characterization methods, and informatics analysis software for research and development using combinatorial process systems in concert with established chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, and atomic layer deposition methods. It serves various markets, including semiconductor, glass, advanced alloys, light-emitting diodes, flat-panel displays, and others. The company was formerly known as The BEP Group, Inc. and changed its name to Intermolecular, Inc. in November 2004. Intermolecular, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Silicon Labs Company Profile

Silicon Laboratories Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and markets mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) in the United States, China, and internationally. The company offers Internet of things products, such as 8-bit mixed-signal, 32-bit wireless, and ultra-low-power 32-bit microcontrollers; wireless connectivity devices, including multiprotocol wireless Gecko system-on-chip devices; real-time operating systems; sensor products comprising optical, relative humidity/temperature, and hall effect magnetic sensors. It also provides broadcast products, which include single-chip hybrid TV tuners and analog TV demodulators, as well as AM/FM, HD radio, and DAB/DAB+ receivers; and radio ICs. In addition, the company offers infrastructure products, such as timing devices; and multi-channel isolators, isolated drivers, isolated power converters, and mixed-signal devices. Further, it provides access products, including ProSLIC subscriber line interface circuits for VoIP; ISOmodem embedded modems; and Power over Ethernet power source equipment and powered device ICs. The company primarily markets its products to Internet of Things, Internet infrastructure, industrial automation, consumer, and automotive markets through direct sales force, as well as through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors. Silicon Laboratories Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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