Financial Survey: Benchmark Electronics (BHE) versus Spansion (CODE)

Benchmark Electronics (NYSE: BHE) and Spansion (NYSE:CODE) are both semiconductors – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.5% of Benchmark Electronics shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Benchmark Electronics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Benchmark Electronics and Spansion, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Benchmark Electronics 0 3 0 0 2.00
Spansion 0 0 0 0 N/A

Benchmark Electronics presently has a consensus price target of $36.67, indicating a potential upside of 23.46%. Given Benchmark Electronics’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Benchmark Electronics is more favorable than Spansion.

Profitability

This table compares Benchmark Electronics and Spansion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Benchmark Electronics -1.30% 5.83% 3.90%
Spansion -7.99% -18.66% -7.19%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Benchmark Electronics and Spansion’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Benchmark Electronics $2.47 billion 0.60 -$31.96 million $1.31 22.67
Spansion N/A N/A N/A ($1.15) -33.50

Spansion has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Benchmark Electronics. Spansion is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Benchmark Electronics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Benchmark Electronics beats Spansion on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Benchmark Electronics Company Profile

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. is a provider of electronic manufacturing services. The Company operates through three segments: the Americas, Asia and Europe. It provides services to original equipment manufacturers of industrial control equipment, including equipment for the aerospace and defense industry; telecommunication equipment; computers and related products for business enterprises; medical devices, and testing and instrumentation products. It offers integrated design and manufacturing services. Its operations consist of over three principal areas: manufacturing and assembly operations, including printed circuit boards assemblies and subsystem assembly, box build and systems integration; precision technology manufacturing, which include precision machining, metal joining, assembly and functional testing, and specialized engineering services, and specialized engineering services, such as product design, printed circuit board layout, prototyping, automation and test development.

Spansion Company Profile

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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