Micrel, (NASDAQ: MCRL) and Pixelworks (NASDAQ:PXLW) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Micrel, and Pixelworks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Micrel, 4.70% 4.92% 3.94%
Pixelworks 4.35% 20.00% 11.65%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Micrel, and Pixelworks’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Micrel, N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pixelworks $73.07 million 2.13 $7.50 million $0.10 46.10

Pixelworks has higher revenue and earnings than Micrel,.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.7% of Pixelworks shares are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Pixelworks shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Micrel, and Pixelworks, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Micrel, 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pixelworks 0 0 2 0 3.00

Pixelworks has a consensus target price of $4.25, suggesting a potential downside of 7.81%. Given Pixelworks’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Pixelworks is more favorable than Micrel,.

Summary

Pixelworks beats Micrel, on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Micrel,

Micrel, Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of high-performance analog, power and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). The Company’s products address a range of markets, including industrial and automotive, wireline communications, enterprise and cloud infrastructure and mobility. It also manufactures custom analog and mixed-signal circuits and provides wafer foundry services for customers which produce electronic systems utilizing semiconductor manufacturing processes, as well as micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) technologies. Its offers a linear and power management product portfolio for the networking and communications infrastructure markets, including cloud and enterprise servers, network switches and routers, storage area networks, wireless base stations, and the Internet of Everything. In addition, it offers products that serve the solid state drive market and are seeing strength in the emergence of solid state drives.

About Pixelworks

Pixelworks, Inc. designs, develops and markets video and pixel processing semiconductors, intellectual property cores, software and custom application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions for digital video applications. The Company is engaged in the design and development of integrated circuits (ICs) for use in electronic display devices. It provides its customers with software development tools and with software that provides basic functionality for its ICs and enables connectivity of its customers’ products. Its primary target markets include digital projection systems, Ultrabook devices, tablets and smartphones. Its video display processing technologies include Halo Free Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC), Advanced Scaling, Mobile Video Display Processing, and Vuemagic and Networked Displays. Its primary video display processor product categories include ImageProcessor ICs, Video Co-Processor ICs and Networked Display ICs.

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