ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ: ON) and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l (NYSE:SMI) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and risk.

Risk and Volatility

ON Semiconductor has a beta of 2.03, indicating that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l has a beta of 0.18, indicating that its stock price is 82% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.0% of ON Semiconductor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of ON Semiconductor shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ON Semiconductor and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ON Semiconductor $5.54 billion 1.88 $810.70 million $0.84 29.08
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l $2.91 billion 2.13 $376.63 million $0.19 35.05

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


This table compares ON Semiconductor and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ON Semiconductor 14.63% 21.88% 7.27%
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l 5.79% 3.02% 1.68%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for ON Semiconductor and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ON Semiconductor 1 7 11 0 2.53
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l 9 2 1 0 1.33

ON Semiconductor presently has a consensus price target of $23.76, suggesting a potential downside of 2.72%. Given ON Semiconductor’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe ON Semiconductor is more favorable than Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l.


ON Semiconductor beats Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

ON Semiconductor Company Profile

ON Semiconductor Corporation offers a portfolio of sensors, power management, connectivity, custom and system on chip (SoC), analog, logic, timing, and discrete devices. The Company’s segments include Power Solutions Group, Analog Solutions Group and Image Sensor Group. The Power Solutions Group offers a range of discrete, module and integrated semiconductor products. The Analog Solutions Group designs and develops analog, mixed-signal and logic application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and application specific standard products (ASSPs), and power solutions. The Image Sensor Group designs and develops complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) and charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensors, as well as proximity sensors, image signal processors, and actuator drivers for autofocus and image stabilization for various end users in the automotive, industrial, consumer, wireless, medical, and aerospace/defense markets.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Int'l Company Profile

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation is an investment holding company principally engaged in the computer-aided design, manufacture, packaging and trading of integrated circuits (IC), as well as the provision of other semiconductor services. The Company is also involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductor masks. The Company’s main products are various types of wafers. The Company distributes its products in domestic market and to overseas markets, such as the Europe and the United States.

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