Quantenna Communications (NASDAQ: QTNA) and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (NYSE:TSM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

55.1% of Quantenna Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.3% of Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. shares are held by institutional investors. 13.5% of Quantenna Communications shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quantenna Communications and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quantenna Communications $176.36 million 3.37 $34.41 million ($0.02) -818.50
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. $32.11 billion 6.14 $11.64 billion $2.17 17.53

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. has higher revenue and earnings than Quantenna Communications. Quantenna Communications is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Quantenna Communications and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quantenna Communications 0 1 6 0 2.86
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. 0 4 6 0 2.60

Quantenna Communications currently has a consensus price target of $19.17, indicating a potential upside of 17.08%. Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. has a consensus price target of $42.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.41%. Given Quantenna Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Quantenna Communications is more favorable than Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg..

Risk & Volatility

Quantenna Communications has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Quantenna Communications does not pay a dividend. Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. pays out 48.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Quantenna Communications and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quantenna Communications 17.46% 0.84% 0.68%
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. 34.83% 23.36% 17.45%

Summary

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. beats Quantenna Communications on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Quantenna Communications

Quantenna Communications, Inc. designs, develops, and markets wireless communication solutions enabling wireless local area networking in the United States and internationally. The company's solutions portfolio comprises radio frequency chips and digital baseband chips, which support the IEEE Wi-Fi standards, including 802.11n, 802.11ac, and draft 802.11ax. It offers its products for home networking applications, including home gateways, repeaters, and set-top boxes, as well as retail, outdoor, small and medium business, enterprise, and consumer electronics applications. The company sells its Wi-Fi solutions directly to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers; and third-party distributors. Quantenna Communications, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

About Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing, selling, packaging, testing, and computer-aided design of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. The company manufactures masks and electronic spare parts; researches, develops, designs, manufactures, sells, packages, and tests color filters; and offers customer and engineering support services. It is also involved in investing activities. The company operates in Taiwan, the United States, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in HsinChu, Taiwan.

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