Sequans Communications (NYSE:SQNS) and Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Dividends

Texas Instruments pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Sequans Communications does not pay a dividend. Texas Instruments pays out 56.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Texas Instruments has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sequans Communications and Texas Instruments’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sequans Communications $40.25 million 1.97 -$36.22 million ($0.36) -2.75
Texas Instruments $15.78 billion 7.61 $5.58 billion $5.42 23.72

Texas Instruments has higher revenue and earnings than Sequans Communications. Sequans Communications is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Texas Instruments, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

36.4% of Sequans Communications shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.7% of Texas Instruments shares are held by institutional investors. 9.4% of Sequans Communications shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Texas Instruments shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sequans Communications and Texas Instruments, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sequans Communications 0 0 5 0 3.00
Texas Instruments 2 17 11 0 2.30

Sequans Communications presently has a consensus price target of $2.23, suggesting a potential upside of 124.75%. Texas Instruments has a consensus price target of $118.43, suggesting a potential downside of 7.89%. Given Sequans Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Sequans Communications is more favorable than Texas Instruments.

Risk and Volatility

Sequans Communications has a beta of 2.67, meaning that its stock price is 167% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Texas Instruments has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Sequans Communications and Texas Instruments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sequans Communications -120.67% -5,057.55% -55.96%
Texas Instruments 34.98% 57.25% 29.64%

Summary

Texas Instruments beats Sequans Communications on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sequans Communications

Sequans Communications S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in fabless designing, developing, and supplying 4G LTE semiconductor solutions for wireless broadband and Internet of Things applications. Its solutions incorporate baseband processor and radio frequency (RF) transceiver integrated circuits along with proprietary signal processing techniques, algorithms, and software stacks. The company offers baseband solutions used to encode and decode data based on 4G protocols that serve as the wireless processing platform for a 4G device; RF transceivers used to transmit and receive wireless transmissions; and system-on-chip solutions that integrate the baseband and RF transceiver functions. Its solutions serves as the wireless communications platform in various devices, including USB dongles; portable routers; embedded wireless modems for computing and multimedia devices; and customer-premises equipment, such as fixed wireless broadband access modems, routers, and residential gateways. The company's solutions also provide connectivity for industrial devices in transportation, security, asset tracking, retail, smart energy, smart city, agriculture, healthcare, and other applications. It serves OEMs, ODMs, contract manufacturers, or system integrators, as well as distributors who provide customer communications, logistics, and support functions. The company operates in the Asia-Pacific region, including Taiwan, China, South Korea, and Japan; Europe; the Middle East; and North and South America. Sequans Communications S.A. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Analog and Embedded Processing. The Analog segment offers power products to manage power requirements in various levels using battery management solutions, portable components, power supply controls, point-of-load products, switches and interfaces, integrated protection devices, high-voltage products, and mobile lighting and display products. This segment also provides signal chain products that sense, condition, and measure signals to allow information to be transferred or converted for further processing and control for use in amplifier, data converter, interface product, motor drive, clock, and sensing product end-markets; and integrated analog and standard products, which are primarily for sale into personal electronics, industrial, and automotive markets. The Embedded Processing segment offers connected microcontrollers, such as microcontrollers, microcontrollers with integrated wireless capabilities, and stand-alone wireless connectivity solutions that are used in electronic equipment to sense, connect, log, and transfer data; digital signal processors for mathematical computations; and applications processors for specific computing activity. This segment offers products for use in various markets, principally industrial and automotive. The company also provides DLP products, primarily for use in projectors to create high-definition images; calculators; and application-specific integrated circuits. Texas Instruments Incorporated markets and sells its semiconductor products through direct sales and distributors, as well as online. The company was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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