Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (NYSE:TSM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.


This table compares Kyocera and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kyocera N/A N/A N/A
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. 34.04% 22.33% 17.18%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kyocera and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kyocera N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. $34.20 billion 5.81 $11.64 billion $2.24 17.09

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. has higher revenue and earnings than Kyocera.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.6% of Kyocera shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.4% of Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Kyocera pays an annual dividend of $0.47 per share. Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. pays out 46.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kyocera has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Kyocera and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg., as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kyocera 0 0 2 0 3.00
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. 1 2 4 0 2.43

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. has a consensus price target of $42.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.69%.


Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. beats Kyocera on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kyocera

Kyocera Corporation develops, produces, and sells industrial components, and telecommunications and information equipment worldwide. Its Fine Ceramic Parts Group segment offers components for semiconductor processing and flat panel display manufacturing equipment, information and telecommunication components, general industrial machinery components, LED related products, and automotive components. The company's Semiconductor Parts Group segment provides inorganic (ceramic) and organic packages, and organic multilayer boards and packaging materials for various electronic components and devices, such as crystal components, SAW devices and CMOS/CCD sensors for communication infrastructures and automotive-related markets. Its Applied Ceramic Products Group segment offers monocrystalline and multi crystalline silicon solar modules and power generating systems; cutting tools; medical devices; and recrystallized jewelry and applied ceramic related products. The company's Electronic Device Group segment provides electronic components and devices comprising capacitors, SAW devices, crystal components, connectors, power semiconductor products, printing devices, and liquid crystal displays for information and communications equipment, industrial equipment, and automotive markets. Its Telecommunications Equipment Group segment manufactures smartphones, mobile phones, and communication modules for telecommunications carriers and Internet of Things market. The company's Information Equipment Group segment provides monochrome and color printers, multifunctional products, document solutions, application software, and supplies. Its Others segment offers information systems and telecommunication, engineering, management consulting, and realty development services. The company was formerly known as Kyoto Ceramic Kabushiki Kaisha and changed its name to Kyocera Corporation in 1982. Kyocera Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

About Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing, selling, packaging, testing, and computer-aided design of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. The company manufactures masks and electronic spare parts; researches, develops, designs, manufactures, sells, packages, and tests color filters; and offers customer and engineering support services. It is also involved in investing activities. The company operates in Taiwan, the United States, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and internationally. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in HsinChu, Taiwan.

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