CEVA (NASDAQ: CEVA) and Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.5% of CEVA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.8% of Marvell Technology Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of CEVA shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Marvell Technology Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Marvell Technology Group pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. CEVA does not pay a dividend. Marvell Technology Group pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares CEVA and Marvell Technology Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CEVA 21.89% 9.02% 7.98%
Marvell Technology Group 16.53% 11.93% 10.31%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CEVA and Marvell Technology Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CEVA $72.65 million 13.95 $13.10 million $0.86 53.60
Marvell Technology Group $2.32 billion 4.70 $21.15 million $0.77 28.78

Marvell Technology Group has higher revenue and earnings than CEVA. Marvell Technology Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CEVA, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

CEVA has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marvell Technology Group has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for CEVA and Marvell Technology Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CEVA 0 1 6 0 2.86
Marvell Technology Group 0 7 17 0 2.71

CEVA presently has a consensus target price of $46.50, indicating a potential upside of 0.87%. Marvell Technology Group has a consensus target price of $24.33, indicating a potential upside of 9.77%. Given Marvell Technology Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Marvell Technology Group is more favorable than CEVA.

Summary

Marvell Technology Group beats CEVA on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

CEVA Company Profile

CEVA, Inc. (CEVA) is a licensor of signal processing intellectual property (IP). The Company partners with semiconductor companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to create connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and Internet of things (IoT). The Company operates in the segment of licensing of intellectual property to semiconductor companies and electronic equipment manufacturers. CEVA addresses the requirements of the mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT markets by designing and licensing a range of application-specific signal processing platforms, which enable the design of solutions for developing a range of applications, including communications and connectivity, audio and voice, imaging and vision, and storage.

Marvell Technology Group Company Profile

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. is a semiconductor provider of application-specific standard products. The Company is engaged in the design, development and sale of integrated circuits. The Company develops System-on-a-Chip (SoC) devices. It also develops integrated hardware platforms along with software that incorporates digital computing technologies designed and configured to provide an optimized computing solution. Its product portfolio includes devices for storage, networking and connectivity. In storage, it is engaged in data storage controller solutions spanning consumer, mobile, desktop and enterprise markets. Its storage solutions enable customers to engineer products for hard disk drives and solid state drives. Its networking products address end markets in cloud, enterprise, small and medium business and service provider networks. The Company’s connectivity products address end markets in consumer, enterprise, desktop, service provider networks and automotive.

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