Power Integrations (POWI) versus Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l (SMI) Head-To-Head Comparison

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Power Integrations (NASDAQ:POWI) and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l (NYSE:SMI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Power Integrations and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Power Integrations 0 4 1 0 2.20
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l 3 2 0 0 1.40

Power Integrations presently has a consensus price target of $78.50, suggesting a potential upside of 18.94%. Given Power Integrations’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Power Integrations is more favorable than Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Power Integrations and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l’s gross 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 4.48 $27.60 million $2.28 28.95
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l $3.10 billion 1.42 $179.67 million $0.20 23.60

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Power Integrations 7.04% 13.46% 11.88%
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l 4.06% 1.87% 1.09%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.1% of Power Integrations shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.5% of Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l shares are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Power Integrations shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Power Integrations has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l has a beta of 0.42, indicating that its share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Power Integrations pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l does not pay a dividend. Power Integrations pays out 28.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Power Integrations has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Power Integrations beats Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l on 14 of the 17 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 offers a range of alternating current to direct current (DC) power conversion products that address power supply ranging from less than 1 watt of output to approximately 500 watts of output for mobile-device chargers, consumer appliances, utility meters, liquid-crystal-display monitors, main and standby power supplies for desktop computers and TVs, light-emitting diode lamps, and other consumer and industrial applications. It also provides high-voltage diodes; and high-voltage gate-driver products under the SCALE and SCALE-2 product-family names. In addition, the company offers monolithic high-voltage DC-DC power conversion ICs designed for use in power-over-Ethernet powered devices, such as voice-over-IP phones and security cameras, as well as network hubs, line cards, servers, digital PBX phones, and DC-DC converter modules and industrial controls. It serves communications, computer, consumer, and industrial markets. The company sells its products to original equipment manufacturers and merchant power supply manufacturers through direct staff, as well as through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors worldwide. Power Integrations, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l Company Profile

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. The company offers various types of semiconductors, including logic, mixed-signal and radio frequency, power IC, microprocessor, memory related, optoelectronics, other sensors, discrete, and others. It also provides integrated solutions, such as design support services; libraries and intellectual property services; mask-making services; and wafer probing, bumping, assembling, and testing services. In addition, the company designs and manufactures semiconductor masks and solar cells related semiconductor products; and offers marketing related services. It operates in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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