Analyzing Exar (NYSE:EXAR) & Vishay Intertechnology (VSH)

Exar (NYSE: EXAR) and Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Exar and Vishay Intertechnology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exar N/A N/A N/A $0.18 72.17
Vishay Intertechnology $2.60 billion 1.07 -$20.34 million ($0.22) -87.50

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

Risk & Volatility

Exar has a beta of 1.37, meaning that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vishay Intertechnology has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Exar and Vishay Intertechnology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exar 6.30% 2.37% 2.13%
Vishay Intertechnology -0.78% 14.07% 6.80%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Exar and Vishay Intertechnology, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exar 0 2 0 0 2.00
Vishay Intertechnology 1 1 0 0 1.50

Exar currently has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.08%. Vishay Intertechnology has a consensus price target of $19.50, indicating a potential upside of 1.30%. Given Vishay Intertechnology’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vishay Intertechnology is more favorable than Exar.


Vishay Intertechnology pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Exar does not pay a dividend. Vishay Intertechnology pays out -122.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Vishay Intertechnology has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.8% of Exar shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Exar shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of Vishay Intertechnology shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Vishay Intertechnology beats Exar on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Exar Company Profile

Exar Corporation (Exar) designs, develops and markets analog mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and sub-system solutions. The Company’s products are deployed in a range of applications, such as industrial, instrumentation and medical equipment, networking and telecommunication systems, servers, enterprise storage systems, flat panel displays, light emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions, set top boxes and digital video recorders. Exar’s product portfolio includes connectivity, power management, high performance analog, communications, processors, flat panel display and LED lighting. The Company designs and develops amplifiers and data converters that support a range of signal path and conditioning needs of networking, industrial control and embedded applications. The Company markets its products to three primary markets, such as industrial and embedded systems, consumer and infrastructure.

Vishay Intertechnology Company Profile

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. is a global manufacturer and supplier of discrete semiconductors and passive components. The Company operates through five product segments: MOSFETs, Diodes, Optoelectronic Components, Resistors & Inductors and Capacitors. MOSFETs segment offers low-voltage TrenchFET MOSFETs and high-voltage MOSFETs. Diodes segment’s products include rectifiers, small signal diodes, protection diodes, thyristors/silicon-controlled rectifiers (SCRs) and power modules. Optoelectronic Components segment includes infrared (IR) emitters and detectors, IR remote control receivers, optocouplers, solid-state relays, optical sensors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), 7-segment displays and IR data transceiver modules (IrDA). Resistors and Inductors segment manufactures various types of fixed resistors, both in discrete and network forms, as well as various variable types. Capacitors segment manufactures products based on capacitor technologies.

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