Siliconware Precision Industries (NASDAQ: SPIL) and Spansion (NYSE:CODE) are both mid-cap technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Siliconware Precision Industries and Spansion’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Siliconware Precision Industries $2.64 billion 2.00 $302.68 million $0.43 19.74
Spansion N/A N/A N/A ($1.15) -33.50

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Siliconware Precision Industries and Spansion, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Siliconware Precision Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Spansion 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.7% of Siliconware Precision Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 14.3% of Siliconware Precision Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Siliconware Precision Industries and Spansion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Siliconware Precision Industries 9.79% 12.42% 6.68%
Spansion -7.99% -18.66% -7.19%

Dividends

Siliconware Precision Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Spansion does not pay a dividend. Siliconware Precision Industries pays out 48.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Siliconware Precision Industries beats Spansion on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Siliconware Precision Industries

Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. is a Taiwan-based company mainly engaged in the provision of packaging and testing services of integrated circuits (ICs) and related products. The Company’s businesses include the manufacture, processing, assembly, testing and importing and exporting of ICs, transistors, light emitting diode (LED) digital displays, LED lights, liquid crystal display (LCD) clock cores, phototransistors, synthesis circuits, as well as thin film circuits and thick film circuits. The Company’s packaging businesses focus on IC products, including plastic small size ICs and plastic square planar ICs, among others. Its testing businesses mainly include final testing businesses and system level testing businesses, among others.

About Spansion

Spansion Inc. (Spansion) is a designer, manufacturer and developer of embedded systems solutions. The Company’s embedded systems solutions address a variety of applications, including automotive, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, tablets, personal computers (PCs), gaming consoles and industrial equipment with a range of products. The Company has two product groups for embedded applications: flash memory and microcontrollers/analog products. Its flash memory market consists of two architectures: NOR and NAND flash memory. NOR flash memory is used for code execution and storage in consumer electronics, automobiles, communications, gaming and industrial applications. NAND flash memory is used for data storage in applications, such as solid-state drives, removable storage devices and embedded managed NAND devices. The Company focuses on embedded markets, such as transportation, industrial, consumer, communications and gaming markets.

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