Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH) and Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Enphase Energy and Silicon Laboratories’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enphase Energy $316.16 million 9.54 -$11.63 million ($0.12) -206.00
Silicon Laboratories $868.27 million 5.65 $83.59 million $2.86 39.58

Silicon Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than Enphase Energy. Enphase Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Silicon Laboratories, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Enphase Energy and Silicon Laboratories, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enphase Energy 1 2 7 0 2.60
Silicon Laboratories 0 5 5 0 2.50

Enphase Energy currently has a consensus price target of $35.06, indicating a potential upside of 41.81%. Silicon Laboratories has a consensus price target of $108.89, indicating a potential downside of 3.82%. Given Enphase Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Enphase Energy is more favorable than Silicon Laboratories.


This table compares Enphase Energy and Silicon Laboratories’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enphase Energy 2.63% 31.17% 3.04%
Silicon Laboratories 3.84% 9.97% 6.53%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

43.4% of Enphase Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of Silicon Laboratories shares are held by institutional investors. 12.5% of Enphase Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Silicon Laboratories shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Enphase Energy has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silicon Laboratories has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Silicon Laboratories beats Enphase Energy on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Enphase Energy Company Profile

Enphase Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and sells home energy solutions for the solar photovoltaic industry in the United States and internationally. The company offers semiconductor-based microinverter that converts energy at the individual solar module level and combines with its proprietary networking and software technologies to provide energy monitoring and control services. It sells its solutions primarily to distributors, as well as directly to large installers, original equipment manufacturers, strategic partners, and homeowners. Enphase Energy, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

Silicon Laboratories Company Profile

Silicon Laboratories Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and markets mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) in the United States, China, and internationally. The company offers Internet of things products, including 8-bit mixed-signal, 32-bit wireless, and ultra-low-power 32-bit microcontrollers; wireless connectivity devices, such as multiprotocol wireless Gecko system-on-chip devices; real-time operating systems; sensor products comprising optical, relative humidity/temperature, and hall effect magnetic sensors. It also provides infrastructure products, such as timing devices; multi-channel isolators, isolated drivers, isolated power converters, and mixed-signal devices; broadcast products, which include single-chip hybrid TV tuners and analog TV demodulators, as well as AM/FM, HD radio, and DAB/DAB+ receivers; and radio ICs. In addition, the company provides access products comprising ProSLIC subscriber line interface circuits for voice over IP; ISOmodem embedded modems; and Power over Ethernet power source equipment and powered device ICs. It primarily markets its products to Internet of Things, Internet infrastructure, industrial automation, consumer, and automotive markets through direct sales force, as well as through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors. Silicon Laboratories Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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