Analyzing Vicor (VICR) and Atmel (ATML)

Vicor (NASDAQ: VICR) and Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.


Atmel pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Vicor does not pay a dividend. Atmel pays out 133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk and Volatility

Vicor has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atmel has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Vicor and Atmel, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vicor 0 0 0 0 N/A
Atmel 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vicor and Atmel’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vicor $227.83 million 4.34 $160,000.00 $0.01 2,507.51
Atmel N/A N/A N/A $0.06 135.67

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.2% of Vicor shares are held by institutional investors. 38.9% of Vicor shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Vicor and Atmel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vicor 0.07% -0.55% -0.45%
Atmel 1.81% 2.18% 1.48%


Atmel beats Vicor on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vicor

Vicor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets modular power components and power systems for converting, regulating and controlling electric current. The Company’s segments include Brick Business Unit (BBU), VI Chip and Picor. The BBU segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets modular direct current-direct current converters and configurable products, and also includes the entities comprising Vicor Custom Power, and the BBU operations of Vicor Japan Company, Ltd. (VJCL). The VI Chip segment includes VI Chip Corporation, which designs, develops, manufactures and markets advanced power component products. The VI Chip segment also includes the VI Chip business conducted through VJCL. The Picor segment includes Picor Corporation (Picor), which designs, develops, manufactures and markets integrated circuits and related products for use in a range of power management and power system applications.

About Atmel

Atmel Corporation supplies microcontrollers. The Company operates through four segments: Microcontroller, Nonvolatile Memory, Automotive and Multi-Market and Other. The Microcontroller segment includes its microcontroller and microprocessor families; AVR 8-bit and 32-bit products; Atmel SMART ARM-based products; designated commercial wireless products, including low power radio and System-on-a-chip products; optimized products for smart energy, touch button, and mobile sensor hub and Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting applications, and maXTouch capacitive touch product families. The Nonvolatile Memory segment includes electrically erasable programmable read-only, erasable programmable read-only memory devices and secure cryptographic products. The Automotive segment includes devices for automotive electronics, including products using radio frequency technology. The Multi-Market and Other segment includes application specific and standard products for aerospace applications.

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