Applied Micro Circuits (NASDAQ: AMCC) and Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng (NYSE:ASX) are both technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Applied Micro Circuits and Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Applied Micro Circuits -11.11% -16.63% -13.04%
Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng 8.74% 13.80% 7.00%

Dividends

Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Applied Micro Circuits does not pay a dividend. Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng pays out 34.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Applied Micro Circuits and Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Applied Micro Circuits N/A N/A N/A ($0.38) N/A
Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng $8.53 billion 1.29 $659.30 million $0.46 14.48

Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng has higher revenue and earnings than Applied Micro Circuits. Applied Micro Circuits is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Applied Micro Circuits and Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Applied Micro Circuits 0 0 0 0 N/A
Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.3% of Applied Micro Circuits shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.8% of Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng shares are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of Applied Micro Circuits shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.9% of Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng shares are held by 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

Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng beats Applied Micro Circuits on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Applied Micro Circuits Company Profile

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) provides silicon solutions for cloud infrastructure and data centers, as well as connectivity products for edge, metro and long haul communications equipment. The Company’s products serve Computing and Connectivity markets. Its Computing products include the X-Gene family of server processors, based on the ARMv8 64-bit Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), which target mainstream cloud and data center infrastructure, including hyperscale, telco, enterprise and high performance computing. It also offers embedded computing products, which include HeliX family of processors, based on the ARM 64-bit ISA and its PowerPC products, based on Power Architecture. Its embedded Computing products are deployed in various applications, including networking and telecom, enterprise storage and industrial applications. The Connectivity business includes X-Weave family of products for service providers and public cloud, private cloud and enterprise data centers.

Advanced Semiconductor Engnrng Company Profile

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. is a provider of semiconductor packaging and testing services. The Company offers a range of semiconductors packaging, testing and electronic manufacturing services (EMS). The Company’s segments include Packaging, Testing, EMS and Others. The Company provides services in packaging bare semiconductors into finished semiconductors with a range of electrical and thermal characteristics, as well as testing services, including front-end engineering testing, wafer probing and final testing services. It also sells goods from EMS. The Company engages in other activities, such as substrate production and real estate business. It provides integrated solutions for EMS in relation to computers, peripherals, communications, industrial, automotive, and storage and server applications. The Company provides front-end engineering testing services, including customized software development, electrical design validation, and reliability and failure analysis.

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