PLX Technology (NASDAQ: PLXT) and Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) are both companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for PLX Technology and Skyworks Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PLX Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Skyworks Solutions 1 4 21 1 2.81

Skyworks Solutions has a consensus target price of $115.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.39%.

Profitability

This table compares PLX Technology and Skyworks Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PLX Technology N/A N/A N/A
Skyworks Solutions 27.67% 29.17% 26.27%

Dividends

Skyworks Solutions pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. PLX Technology does not pay a dividend. Skyworks Solutions pays out 23.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PLX Technology and Skyworks Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PLX Technology N/A N/A N/A $0.10 N/A
Skyworks Solutions $3.65 billion 5.51 $1.01 billion $5.41 20.26

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.0% of Skyworks Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Skyworks Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Skyworks Solutions beats PLX Technology on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PLX Technology

PLX Technology, Inc. (PLX) is engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing, and selling integrated circuits that perform critical system connectivity functions. The Company markets its products to customers that sell electronic systems in the enterprise, consumer, server, storage, communications, personal computer (PC) peripheral and embedded markets. PLX also provides a range of connectivity bridges that allow systems that conform to different standards communicate with each other, and to enable customer field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) with non-standard interfaces to connect up to the mainstream interconnects. PLX offers a solution consisting of semiconductor devices, software development kits, hardware design kits, software drivers and firmware solutions. In July 2012, Entropic Communications Inc. acquired specific direct broadcast satellite intellectual property and corresponding technologies from the Company.

About Skyworks Solutions

Skyworks Solutions Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductor products, including intellectual property. The Company’s analog semiconductors are connecting people, places, and things, spanning a number of new and unimagined applications within the automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, connected home, industrial, medical, military, smartphone, tablet and wearable markets. Its geographical segments include the United States, Other Americas, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Other Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. It operates throughout the world with engineering, manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout Asia, Europe and North America. It is engaged with key original equipment manufacturers (OEM), smartphone providers and baseband reference design partners. Its product portfolio consists of various solutions, including amplifiers, attenuators, detectors, diodes, filters, front-end modules, hybrid, mixers, switches, and modulators.

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