Himax Technologies (NASDAQ: HIMX) and BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing (NASDAQ:BCDS) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Himax Technologies and BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Himax Technologies $802.92 million 2.94 $50.91 million $0.06 228.83
BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing N/A N/A N/A $0.18 N/A

Himax Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing. BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Himax Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Himax Technologies and BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Himax Technologies 1.25% 2.10% 1.24%
BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Himax Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing does not pay a dividend. Himax Technologies pays out 383.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.9% of Himax Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Himax Technologies and BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Himax Technologies 3 3 9 0 2.40
BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing 0 0 0 0 N/A

Himax Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $9.71, indicating a potential downside of 29.30%.

Summary

Himax Technologies beats BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Himax Technologies Company Profile

Himax Technologies, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor solution provider. The Company is engaged in display driver integrated circuits (IC) and timing controllers used in televisions, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, car navigation and other consumer electronics devices. The Company operates through two segments: Driver IC and Non-driver products. In addition, the Company designs and provides controllers for touch sensor displays, liquid crystal on silicon micro-displays used in palm-size projectors and head-mounted displays, light-emitting diode driver ICs, power management ICs, scaler products for monitors and projectors, video processing IC solutions and silicon IPs. It also offers digital camera solutions, including complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor image sensors and wafer level optics, which are used in a range of applications, such as mobile phone, tablet, laptop, televisions, personal computer camera, automobile, security and medical devices.

BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Profile

BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited is a China-based holding company. The Company Is a provider of analog integrated circuits (ICs) specializing in the design, manufacture and sale of a range of power management semiconductors to the Asian electronics industry. The Company focuses in the computing, consumer and communications markets, such as personal computers, flat panel televisions and monitors, mobile phone chargers and a variety of consumer and portable electronic devices. As of December 31, 2011, it offered a diversified portfolio of over 300 products, including power management ICs within the subcategories, such as linear, alternate current/direct current (AC/DC) and DC/DC. Its products and services include analog power management IC and foundry services. In June 2011, the Company acquired Auramicro Corp. As a result of the acquisition, it started to design, develop and market touch-screen controller products, which are primarily used in cell phones and tablet devces.

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