Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY) and JinkoSolar (NYSE:JKS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Cypress Semiconductor has a beta of 1.92, meaning that its share price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, JinkoSolar has a beta of 2.34, meaning that its share price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cypress Semiconductor and JinkoSolar, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cypress Semiconductor 1 2 8 0 2.64
JinkoSolar 1 2 3 0 2.33

Cypress Semiconductor presently has a consensus price target of $16.75, indicating a potential upside of 3.72%. JinkoSolar has a consensus price target of $11.50, indicating a potential downside of 36.04%. Given Cypress Semiconductor’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cypress Semiconductor is more favorable than JinkoSolar.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cypress Semiconductor and JinkoSolar’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cypress Semiconductor $2.48 billion 2.37 $354.59 million $1.16 13.92
JinkoSolar $3.64 billion 0.14 $59.12 million $1.52 11.83

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cypress Semiconductor 14.28% 22.01% 11.84%
JinkoSolar 1.60% 5.01% 1.19%

Dividends

Cypress Semiconductor pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. JinkoSolar does not pay a dividend. Cypress Semiconductor pays out 37.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.4% of Cypress Semiconductor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.3% of JinkoSolar shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Cypress Semiconductor shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cypress Semiconductor beats JinkoSolar on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cypress Semiconductor Company Profile

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells embedded system solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Microcontroller and Connectivity Division, and Memory Products Division. The Microcontroller and Connectivity Division provides microcontroller (MCU), analog, and wireless and wired connectivity solutions, including Traveo automotive MCUs; programmable system-on-chip and general-purpose MCUs; analog power management integrated circuits and energy harvesting solutions; CapSense capacitive-sensing controllers; TrueTouch touchscreens; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth low energy; and USB controllers comprising solutions for the USB-C and USB power delivery standards, as well as wireless Internet of things connectivity solutions. The Memory Products Division provides NOR and NAND flash memories, static random access memory (SRAM) products, HyperRAm, synchronous and asynchronous SRAMs, nonvolatile SRAMs, F-RAM ferroelectric memory devices, and other specialty memories and clocks. The company serves various markets, including automotive, industrial, consumer, computation, white goods, communications, handset, PC peripherals, mobile devices, networking, telecommunications, video, data communications, computation, and medical markets. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation sells its semiconductor products through distributors and manufacturing representative firms, as well as through sales force directly to original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

JinkoSolar Company Profile

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, production, and marketing of photovoltaic products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company offers solar modules, silicon wafers, solar cells, recovered silicon materials, and silicon ingots. It also provides solar system integration services; and develops commercial solar power projects. The company sells its products to distributors, project developers, and system integrators under the JinkoSolar brand, as well as on an original equipment manufacturer basis. JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. was founded in 2006 and is based in Shangrao, the People's Republic of China.

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