IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ: IXYS) and Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (NASDAQ:AOSL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares IXYS Corporation and Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IXYS Corporation 7.33% 9.40% 6.45%
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited 3.61% 4.76% 3.71%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IXYS Corporation and Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IXYS Corporation $325.03 million 2.34 $43.76 million $0.73 31.92
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited $383.34 million 0.97 $39.73 million $0.56 27.55

IXYS Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited. Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IXYS Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for IXYS Corporation and Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IXYS Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited 0 1 3 0 2.75

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited has a consensus price target of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 68.50%. Given Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited is more favorable than IXYS Corporation.

Risk and Volatility

IXYS Corporation has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited has a beta of 0.24, indicating that its share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.8% of IXYS Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.0% of Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.6% of IXYS Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.7% of Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

IXYS Corporation beats Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IXYS Corporation

IXYS Corporation (IXYS) is a multi-market integrated semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of power semiconductors, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), microcontrollers, systems and radio frequency (RF) power semiconductors. Its power semiconductors are sold separately and are also packaged in high power modules that consist of multiple semiconductor dies. Its power metal-oxide-silicon (MOS) transistors operate at greater switching speeds than bipolar transistors. Its ICs address the demand for analog, mixed-signal and digital interface solutions in communication and other industries and include microcontrollers, mixed-signal application-specific ICs. RF power devices switch electricity at the high rates necessary to enable the amplification or reception of radio frequencies. It manufactures and sells laser diode drivers, high voltage pulse generators and modulators.

About Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited is a designer, developer and global supplier of power semiconductors. The Company’s portfolio of power semiconductors includes approximately 1,600 products, as of June 30, 2016. The Company’s product portfolio consists of two categories: power discretes and power integrated circuits (ICs). The Company’s portfolio of products focuses high-volume applications, including personal computers, flat panel televisions, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, smart phones, battery packs, consumer and industrial motor controls and power supplies for television, computers, servers and telecommunications equipment. The Company sells its products primarily to distributors in the Asia Pacific region, who in turn sell these products to end customers. The Company conducts its operations primarily in the United States, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Its products are applicable in desktop and tablet personal computers, flat panel displays and televisions.

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