BE Semiconductor Industrs (OTCMKTS:BESIY) and Cree (NASDAQ:CREE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares BE Semiconductor Industrs and Cree’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BE Semiconductor Industrs 26.79% 41.62% 19.42%
Cree -17.60% -0.10% -0.08%

Dividends

BE Semiconductor Industrs pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.6%. Cree does not pay a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

BE Semiconductor Industrs has a beta of 2.17, meaning that its stock price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cree has a beta of 0.51, meaning that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for BE Semiconductor Industrs and Cree, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BE Semiconductor Industrs 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cree 2 8 7 0 2.29

Cree has a consensus price target of $47.14, suggesting a potential upside of 7.45%. Given Cree’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cree is more favorable than BE Semiconductor Industrs.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BE Semiconductor Industrs and Cree’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BE Semiconductor Industrs $669.63 million 2.47 $195.53 million N/A N/A
Cree $1.49 billion 3.01 -$279.96 million ($0.15) -292.47

BE Semiconductor Industrs has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Cree.

Summary

BE Semiconductor Industrs beats Cree on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BE Semiconductor Industrs

BE Semiconductor Industries NV engages in the development, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and service of semiconductor assembly equipment for the global semiconductor and electronics industries. Its products include die attach, packaging, plating equipment, and services include wire bonding equipment, and related. The company was founded in May 1995 and is headquartered in Duiven, the Netherlands.

About Cree

Cree, Inc. provides lighting-class light emitting diode (LED), lighting, and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications in the United States, China, Europe, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and internationally. It operates in three segments: Wolfspeed, LED Products, and Lighting Products. The Wolfspeed segment offers silicon carbide (SiC) materials for RF, power switching, gemstones, and other applications. It also provides SiC power device products, including SiC Schottky diodes, metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs), power modules, and gate driver boards for electric vehicles, including charging infrastructure, server power supplies, solar inverters, uninterruptible power supplies, industrial power supplies, and other applications. In addition, this segment offers gallium nitride (GaN) die, high-electron mobility transistors (HEMTs), monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), and laterally diffused MOSFET (LDMOS) power transistors for telecommunications infrastructure, military, and other commercial applications; and custom die manufacturing services for GaN HEMTs and MMICs. The LED Products segment provides blue and green LED chip products for video screens, gaming displays, function indicator lights and automotive backlights, headlamps, and directional indicators. It also offers XLamp LED components and LED modules for lighting applications; and surface mount and through-hole packaged LED products for video, signage, general illumination, transportation, gaming, and specialty lighting applications. The Lighting Products segment offers LED lighting systems and lamps for to distributors, retailers, and customers for offices, retail spaces, restaurants, hospitality, schools, universities, manufacturing, healthcare, airports, municipal, residential, street lighting, parking structures, and other applications. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina.

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