Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: CY) and Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation has a beta of 1.99, indicating that its share price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Microsemi Corporation has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Microsemi Corporation does not pay a dividend. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation pays out -110.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Microsemi Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation 0 1 11 0 2.92
Microsemi Corporation 0 2 13 0 2.87

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $16.91, suggesting a potential upside of 23.42%. Microsemi Corporation has a consensus target price of $58.27, suggesting a potential upside of 15.67%. Given Cypress Semiconductor Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cypress Semiconductor Corporation is more favorable than Microsemi Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Microsemi Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation $2.18 billion 2.09 $232.52 million ($0.40) -34.25
Microsemi Corporation $1.79 billion 3.26 $550.50 million $1.06 47.53

Microsemi Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Microsemi Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.4% of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.6% of Microsemi Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Microsemi Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Microsemi Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation -6.04% 6.27% 3.10%
Microsemi Corporation 6.90% 19.91% 8.20%

About Cypress Semiconductor Corporation

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation manufactures embedded system solutions for automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. The Company’s segments include Microcontroller and Connectivity Division (MCD), and Memory Products Division (MPD). MCD focuses on microcontroller (MCU), analog and wireless and wired connectivity solutions. MPD focuses on parallel and serial NOR flash memories, NAND flash memories, static random access memory (SRAM), ferroelectric-random access memory (F-RAM) ferroelectric memory devices and other specialty memories. The Company’s products include Traveo MCUs and Flexible MCUs; PSoC 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP; CapSense, and TrueTouch Analog Power Management integrated circuits (PMICs) and energy harvesting solutions.

About Microsemi Corporation

Microsemi Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance. The Company offers a portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace and defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Its products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), system on chip solutions (SoCs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and power management products. The Company’s marketed products include Switchtec PFX PCIe switch, Flashtec NVM Express (NVMe)2032 and NVMe2016 controllers, Flashtec NVM Express (NVMe)2108 eight channel and NVMe2104 four channel controllers, PDS-EM-8100 PoE 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) Multiplexer, Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) components and miTimePLL.

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