Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL) and Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI) are both semiconductors – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


Intersil Corp pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Inphi Corporation 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intersil Corp and Inphi Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intersil Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.35 64.26
Inphi Corporation $266.28 million 6.53 $99.45 million ($1.36) -30.04

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.4% of Intersil Corp shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Intersil Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Inphi Corporation shares are held 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.


This table compares Intersil Corp and Inphi Corporation’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%
Inphi Corporation -16.27% 7.79% 3.55%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Intersil Corp and Inphi Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intersil Corp 0 1 0 0 2.00
Inphi Corporation 0 2 11 0 2.85

Intersil Corp currently has a consensus price target of $22.50, indicating a potential upside of 0.04%. Inphi Corporation has a consensus price target of $44.50, indicating a potential upside of 8.91%. Given Inphi Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Inphi Corporation is more favorable than Intersil Corp.

Intersil Corp Company Profile

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.

Inphi Corporation Company Profile

Inphi Corporation is a provider of analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications and datacenter markets. The Company’s solutions provide an interface between analog signals and digital information in systems, such as telecommunications transport systems, enterprise networking equipment and datacenters. It is engaged in the design, development and sale of analog connectivity components that operate to maintain, amplify and manage signal integrity at high speeds in a range of applications. Its semiconductor solutions are designed to address bandwidth bottlenecks in networks and enable the rollout of communications and datacenter infrastructures. The Company provides 25 gigabit (G) to 600G high-speed analog semiconductor solutions for the communications market. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s product portfolio included products that had commercially shipped, products for which the Company had shipped engineering samples and products under development.

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