Critical Comparison: Siliconware Precision Industries (NASDAQ:SPIL) & AXT (NASDAQ:AXTI)

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Siliconware Precision Industries (NASDAQ:SPIL) and AXT (NASDAQ:AXTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Siliconware Precision Industries and AXT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Siliconware Precision Industries N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AXT $102.40 million 1.51 $9.65 million $0.24 16.08

AXT has higher revenue and earnings than Siliconware Precision Industries.

Dividends

Siliconware Precision Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. AXT does not pay a dividend. Siliconware Precision Industries has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Siliconware Precision Industries and AXT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Siliconware Precision Industries N/A N/A N/A
AXT 3.36% 1.68% 1.47%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Siliconware Precision Industries and AXT, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Siliconware Precision Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
AXT 0 0 1 0 3.00

AXT has a consensus price target of $6.25, indicating a potential upside of 61.92%. Given AXT’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AXT is more favorable than Siliconware Precision Industries.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.7% of Siliconware Precision Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.6% of AXT shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.3% of Siliconware Precision Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of AXT shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

AXT beats Siliconware Precision Industries on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Siliconware Precision Industries

Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. provides semiconductor packaging and testing services in the United States, China, Taiwan, Europe, and internationally. It provides packaging and testing solutions, including advanced packages, substrate packages, and lead-frame packages, as well as testing for logic and mixed signal devices to measure and ensure the performance, functionality, and reliability of packaged semiconductor devices. The company also offers turnkey services; and flip-chip and wafer bumping services. Its substrate packages category employs the ball grid array design, which utilizes a laminated substrate and places the electrical connections on the bottom of the package; and lead-frame packages that are characterized by a semiconductor chip encapsulated in a plastic molding compound with metal leads on the perimeter. The company's testing and other services include wafer probing that involves sorting the processed wafer for defects; final testing services for logic and mixed signal and RF integrated circuit packages; burn in services for testing products; and other testing services, such as system-level testing, lead/ball scanner, marking, and tape and reel services. It serves customers in the personal computer, communications, consumer integrated circuits, and non-commodity memory semiconductor markets. The company has a strategic alliance with Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Taichung, Taiwan.

About AXT

AXT, Inc. researches, develops, and produces compound and single element semiconductor substrates. It produces semiconductor substrates using its proprietary vertical gradient freeze technology. The company offers indium phosphide (InP) for use in fiber optic lasers and detectors, passive optical networks, data center connectivity, silicon photonics, photonic integrated circuits, terrestrial solar cells, radio frequency amplifier and switching, infrared light-emitting diode (LEDs) motion control, and infrared thermal imaging. It also provides semi-insulating gallium arsenide (GaAs) substrates for applications in power amplifiers, direct broadcast television, transistors, satellite communications, and solar cells; and semi-conducting GaAs substrates that are used in 3-D sensing, data center communication, high brightness LEDs, lasers, near-infrared sensors, printer head lasers and LEDs, optical couplers, solar cells, and night vision goggles, as well as laser machining, cutting, and drilling. In addition, the company offers germanium (Ge) substrates for use in satellite solar cells, optical sensors and detectors, terrestrial concentrated photo voltaic cells, multi-junction solar cells for satellites, and infrared detectors. Further, it provides materials, including raw gallium, gallium alloys, InP poly-crystal, high purity gallium, arsenic, Ge, Ge dioxide, pyrolytic boron nitride crucibles, and boron oxide. AXT, Inc. sells its products through direct salesforce in the United States, China, and Europe, as well as through independent sales representatives and distributors in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and internationally. The company was formerly known as American Xtal Technology, Inc. and changed its name to AXT, Inc. in July 2000. AXT, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

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