ParkerVision (NASDAQ: PRKR) and Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares ParkerVision and Xilinx’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ParkerVision N/A N/A -122.75%
Xilinx 26.22% 24.70% 12.78%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.0% of ParkerVision shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.4% of Xilinx shares are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of ParkerVision shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Xilinx shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for ParkerVision and Xilinx, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ParkerVision 0 0 1 0 3.00
Xilinx 2 11 8 0 2.29

ParkerVision currently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 659.49%. Xilinx has a consensus price target of $63.89, indicating a potential downside of 9.79%. Given ParkerVision’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe ParkerVision is more favorable than Xilinx.

Dividends

Xilinx pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. ParkerVision does not pay a dividend. Xilinx pays out 60.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Xilinx has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ParkerVision and Xilinx’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ParkerVision $4.00 million 7.02 -$12.08 million ($1.14) -1.39
Xilinx $2.39 billion 7.37 $755.86 million $2.33 30.40

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

Risk and Volatility

ParkerVision has a beta of 2.24, meaning that its stock price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xilinx has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Xilinx beats ParkerVision on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

ParkerVision Company Profile

ParkerVision, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing and marketing of its radio frequency (RF) technologies and products. The Company’s business is focused on the development and marketing of its RF technologies for mobile and other wireless applications. Its products include a modulator/demodulator component that incorporates its technologies, as well as a small number of supporting components that are used in the assembly of wireless devices. Its products are used in wireless communication products and applications. In addition, it offers engineering design and consulting services to third parties to assist them in developing and testing products. Its technologies represent methods for processing RF waveforms in wireless applications. Its technologies apply to both transmit and receive functions of transmitters, receivers and transceivers. A portion of its transmit technology is marketed as Direct2Power (d2p) and its receiver technology is marketed as Direct2Data (d2d).

Xilinx Company Profile

Xilinx, Inc. (Xilinx) is engaged in designing and developing programmable devices and associated technologies. The Company’s programmable devices and associated technologies include integrated circuits (ICs) in the form of programmable logic devices (PLDs), including programmable System on Chips (SoCs) and three-dimensional ICs (3D ICs); software design tools to program the PLDs; targeted reference designs; printed circuit boards, and intellectual property (IP), which consists of Xilinx, and various third-party verification and IP cores. The Company provides design services, customer training, field engineering and technical support. Its PLDs include field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) that its customers program to perform desired logic functions, and programmable SoCs, which combine (Advanced reduced instruction set computing (RISC) Machines (ARM)) processor-based systems with programmable logic in a single device.

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