Sunedison Semiconductor (NASDAQ: SEMI) and MoSys (NASDAQ:MOSY) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.0% of Sunedison Semiconductor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.4% of MoSys shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Sunedison Semiconductor shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of MoSys shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Sunedison Semiconductor and MoSys, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunedison Semiconductor 0 0 0 0 N/A
MoSys 0 1 0 0 2.00

MoSys has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1,880.20%. Given MoSys’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe MoSys is more favorable than Sunedison Semiconductor.

Risk & Volatility

Sunedison Semiconductor has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MoSys has a beta of 0.47, meaning that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sunedison Semiconductor and MoSys’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunedison Semiconductor N/A N/A N/A ($5.28) -2.26
MoSys $5.54 million 1.46 -$14.86 million ($4.14) -0.24

Sunedison Semiconductor has higher revenue, but lower earnings than MoSys. Sunedison Semiconductor is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MoSys, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Sunedison Semiconductor and MoSys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sunedison Semiconductor -13.19% -24.50% -10.80%
MoSys -498.16% -105.27% -60.55%

Summary

Sunedison Semiconductor beats MoSys on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sunedison Semiconductor Company Profile

SunEdison Semiconductor Limited is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of silicon wafers to the semiconductor industry. The Company also develops advanced substrates, such as epitaxial (EPI) wafers and wafers for the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) market, which enable computing and communications applications. Its products include polished wafers, EPI wafers and SOI wafers. The Company sells its products to the semiconductor manufacturers around the world, including integrated device manufacturers, pure-play semiconductor foundries and companies that specialize in wafer customization. It operates facilities in semiconductor manufacturing regions throughout the world, including Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and the United States. Its wafers are used as the base substrate for the manufacture of various types of semiconductor devices, including microprocessors, memory, analog, mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits, discrete and image sensors.

MoSys Company Profile

MoSys, Inc. (MoSys), together with its subsidiaries, is a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development and sale of integrated circuits (ICs) for the high-speed networking, communications, storage and computing markets. The Company has developed approximately two IC product lines under the Bandwidth Engine and LineSpeed product names. Bandwidth Engine ICs integrate its 1T-SRAM high-density embedded memory with its integrated macro function technology and a serial interface protocol resulting in a monolithic memory IC solution optimized for transaction performance. The LineSpeed IC product line consists of non-memory, high-speed serialization-deserialization (SerDes), input/output (I/O) physical layer (PHY) devices with clock data recovery, gearbox and retimer functionality, which convert lanes of data received on line cards or by optical modules into various configurations and/or ensure signal integrity.

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