NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Himax Technologies (NASDAQ:HIMX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.


Himax Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. NXP Semiconductors N.V. does not pay a dividend. Himax Technologies pays out 191.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Himax Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NXP Semiconductors N.V. 0 16 1 1 2.17
Himax Technologies 3 1 12 0 2.56

NXP Semiconductors N.V. presently has a consensus price target of $110.83, indicating a potential downside of 2.00%. Himax Technologies has a consensus price target of $9.60, indicating a potential downside of 12.17%. Given NXP Semiconductors N.V.’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe NXP Semiconductors N.V. is more favorable than Himax Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Himax Technologies has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.9% of NXP Semiconductors N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.7% of Himax Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Himax Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NXP Semiconductors N.V. 16.87% 16.15% 7.85%
Himax Technologies 2.58% 4.24% 2.52%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Himax Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NXP Semiconductors N.V. $9.32 billion 4.20 $2.70 billion $4.56 24.80
Himax Technologies N/A N/A N/A $0.12 91.09

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has higher revenue and earnings than Himax Technologies. NXP Semiconductors N.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Himax Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


NXP Semiconductors N.V. beats Himax Technologies on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NXP Semiconductors N.V.

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXP) is a holding company. The Company operates as a semiconductor company. The Company provides high performance mixed signal and standard product solutions. The Company’s segments are High Performance Mixed Signal (HPMS), Standard Products (SP), and Corporate and Other. Its product solutions are used in a range of end-market applications, including automotive, personal security and identification, wireless and wireline infrastructure, mobile communications, multi-market industrial, consumer and computing. It engages with global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and sells products in all geographic regions. NXP’s HPMS segment includes business lines, such as Automotive, Secure Identification Solutions (SIS), Secure Connected Devices (SCD), and Secure Interfaces and Infrastructure (SI&I). The Company’s SP segment supplies a range of standard semiconductor components, such as small signal discretes and power discretes.

About Himax Technologies

Himax Technologies, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor solution provider. The Company is engaged in display driver integrated circuits (IC) and timing controllers used in televisions, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, car navigation and other consumer electronics devices. The Company operates through two segments: Driver IC and Non-driver products. In addition, the Company designs and provides controllers for touch sensor displays, liquid crystal on silicon micro-displays used in palm-size projectors and head-mounted displays, light-emitting diode driver ICs, power management ICs, scaler products for monitors and projectors, video processing IC solutions and silicon IPs. It also offers digital camera solutions, including complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor image sensors and wafer level optics, which are used in a range of applications, such as mobile phone, tablet, laptop, televisions, personal computer camera, automobile, security and medical devices.

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