Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB) and Siliconware Precision Industries (NASDAQ:SPIL) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silicon Laboratories 6.12% 11.11% 7.01%
Siliconware Precision Industries 8.28% 10.24% 5.60%

Dividends

Siliconware Precision Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Silicon Laboratories does not pay a dividend. Siliconware Precision Industries pays out 48.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Silicon Laboratories has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Siliconware Precision Industries has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Silicon Laboratories and Siliconware Precision Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silicon Laboratories $768.87 million 4.97 $47.09 million $1.09 82.06
Siliconware Precision Industries $2.75 billion 1.94 $227.38 million $0.43 19.91

Siliconware Precision Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Silicon Laboratories. Siliconware Precision Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Silicon Laboratories, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.3% of Silicon Laboratories shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.8% of Siliconware Precision Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 34.8% of Silicon Laboratories shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.3% of Siliconware Precision Industries shares are owned by company 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 Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Silicon Laboratories and Siliconware Precision Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silicon Laboratories 0 1 7 0 2.88
Siliconware Precision Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Silicon Laboratories presently has a consensus target price of $103.50, suggesting a potential upside of 15.71%. Given Silicon Laboratories’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Silicon Laboratories is more favorable than Siliconware Precision Industries.

Summary

Silicon Laboratories beats Siliconware Precision Industries on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Silicon Laboratories Company Profile

Silicon Laboratories Inc. is a provider of silicon, software and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), Internet infrastructure, industrial, consumer and automotive markets. The Company operates through mixed-signal analog intensive products segment. It provides analog-intensive, mixed-signal solutions for use in a range of electronic products in various applications for the IoT market. It provides a range of timing and isolation products for infrastructure applications, including clocks and oscillators for networking equipment, data centers and wireless base stations, as well as digital isolators and current sensors for industrial power supplies and hybrid-electric vehicles. It provides broadcast products, such as television tuners and demodulators and automotive radio tuners, and access products, including subscriber line interface circuits for voice over Internet Protocol, embedded modems, and Power over Ethernet power source equipment and powered device integrated circuits.

Siliconware Precision Industries Company Profile

Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. is a Taiwan-based company mainly engaged in the provision of packaging and testing services of integrated circuits (ICs) and related products. The Company’s businesses include the manufacture, processing, assembly, testing and importing and exporting of ICs, transistors, light emitting diode (LED) digital displays, LED lights, liquid crystal display (LCD) clock cores, phototransistors, synthesis circuits, as well as thin film circuits and thick film circuits. The Company’s packaging businesses focus on IC products, including plastic small size ICs and plastic square planar ICs, among others. Its testing businesses mainly include final testing businesses and system level testing businesses, among others.

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