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Contrasting Spansion (CODE) & Intersil Corp (ISIL)

Spansion (NASDAQ: CODE) and Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

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Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.4% of Intersil Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Intersil Corp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Spansion and Intersil Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spansion 0 0 0 0 N/A
Intersil Corp 0 2 0 0 2.00

Intersil Corp has a consensus target price of $22.25, suggesting a potential downside of 1.07%. Given Intersil Corp’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Intersil Corp is more favorable than Spansion.

Dividends

Intersil Corp pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Spansion does not pay a dividend. Intersil Corp pays out 137.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Spansion and Intersil Corp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spansion N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Intersil Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.35 64.26

Profitability

This table compares Spansion and Intersil Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spansion -7.99% -18.66% -7.19%
Intersil Corp 13.67% 7.83% 6.57%

Summary

Intersil Corp beats Spansion on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Intersil Corp

Intersil Corporation is engaged in designing and developing power management and precision analog integrated circuits (IC). The Company provides power management and precision analog technology for applications in the infrastructure, industrial, automotive, military, aerospace, computing, and consumer markets. It supplies a range of power IC solutions for battery management, processor power management and display power management, including power regulators, converters and controllers, as well as integrated power modules. It also provides precision analog components, such as amplifiers and buffers, proximity and light sensors, data converters, optoelectronics, video decoders and interface products. It is also a supplier of radiation-hardened devices to the military and aerospace industries. It operates in approximately two market categories, including industrial and infrastructure, and computing and consumer.