Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL) and CEVA (NASDAQ:CEVA) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Intersil Corp and CEVA, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intersil Corp 0 1 0 0 2.00
CEVA 0 1 6 0 2.86

Intersil Corp presently has a consensus price target of $22.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.04%. CEVA has a consensus price target of $46.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.73%. Given Intersil Corp’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Intersil Corp is more favorable than CEVA.

Risk & Volatility

Intersil Corp has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CEVA has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.4% of Intersil Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.9% of CEVA shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Intersil Corp shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of CEVA shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Intersil Corp pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. CEVA does not pay a dividend. Intersil Corp pays out 137.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Intersil Corp and CEVA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intersil Corp 13.67% 7.83% 6.57%
CEVA 20.52% 8.24% 7.25%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Intersil Corp and CEVA’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intersil Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.35 64.26
CEVA $80.90 million 13.11 $19.38 million $0.75 64.40

CEVA has higher revenue and earnings than Intersil Corp. Intersil Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CEVA, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

CEVA beats Intersil Corp on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intersil Corp

Intersil Corporation is engaged in designing and developing power management and precision analog integrated circuits (IC). The Company provides power management and precision analog technology for applications in the infrastructure, industrial, automotive, military, aerospace, computing, and consumer markets. It supplies a range of power IC solutions for battery management, processor power management and display power management, including power regulators, converters and controllers, as well as integrated power modules. It also provides precision analog components, such as amplifiers and buffers, proximity and light sensors, data converters, optoelectronics, video decoders and interface products. It is also a supplier of radiation-hardened devices to the military and aerospace industries. It operates in approximately two market categories, including industrial and infrastructure, and computing and consumer.

About CEVA

CEVA, Inc. (CEVA) is a licensor of signal processing intellectual property (IP). The Company partners with semiconductor companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to create connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and Internet of things (IoT). The Company operates in the segment of licensing of intellectual property to semiconductor companies and electronic equipment manufacturers. CEVA addresses the requirements of the mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT markets by designing and licensing a range of application-specific signal processing platforms, which enable the design of solutions for developing a range of applications, including communications and connectivity, audio and voice, imaging and vision, and storage.

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