Head to Head Comparison: Intersil (ISIL) and Rubicon Technology (RBCN)

Intersil (NASDAQ: ISIL) and Rubicon Technology (NASDAQ:RBCN) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Intersil and Rubicon Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intersil 13.67% 7.83% 6.57%
Rubicon Technology -409.18% -78.15% -74.16%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Intersil and Rubicon Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intersil 0 1 0 0 2.00
Rubicon Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Intersil currently has a consensus target price of $22.50, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Intersil’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Intersil is more favorable than Rubicon Technology.

Dividends

Intersil pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share. Rubicon Technology does not pay a dividend. Intersil 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.4% of Intersil shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.6% of Rubicon Technology shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Intersil shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of Rubicon Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intersil and Rubicon Technology’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intersil N/A N/A N/A $0.35 N/A
Rubicon Technology $19.63 million 0.99 -$62.87 million ($12.97) -0.55

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

Summary

Intersil beats Rubicon Technology on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Intersil

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.

About Rubicon Technology

Rubicon Technology, Inc. is a vertically integrated, electronic materials provider specializing in monocrystalline sapphire for applications in light-emitting diodes (LEDs), optical systems and specialty electronic devices. The Company’s product lines include sapphire cores; four and six-inch sapphire wafers; four, six, and eight-inch patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) wafers, and optical sapphire components. Its sapphire is also used as an exterior component in mobile devices, specifically camera lens covers, dual flashes and home buttons on certain newer model smartphones and as the crystal covering the faces of certain smart watches. In addition, some consumer electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) use sapphire faceplates for smartphones. For the LED market, it sells 2 to 6-inch material in core form and four, six and eight-inch material in polished and PSS wafer form. Its principal customers are semiconductor device manufacturers and wafer polishing companies.

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