Reviewing Ascent Solar Technologies (OTCMKTS:ASTI) & Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB)

Ascent Solar Technologies (OTCMKTS:ASTI) and Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Ascent Solar Technologies and Silicon Laboratories, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ascent Solar Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Silicon Laboratories 0 6 5 0 2.45

Silicon Laboratories has a consensus price target of $166.40, suggesting a potential upside of 18.94%. Given Silicon Laboratories’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Silicon Laboratories is more favorable than Ascent Solar Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Ascent Solar Technologies and Silicon Laboratories’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ascent Solar Technologies -584.48% -8.70% -36.49%
Silicon Laboratories 5.12% 9.37% 5.84%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.5% of Silicon Laboratories shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Ascent Solar Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Silicon Laboratories shares are owned by 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ascent Solar Technologies and Silicon Laboratories’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ascent Solar Technologies $70,000.00 2,951.84 $1.62 million N/A N/A
Silicon Laboratories $886.68 million 7.06 $12.53 million $1.94 72.11

Silicon Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than Ascent Solar Technologies.

Risk and Volatility

Ascent Solar Technologies has a beta of 2.23, suggesting that its stock price is 123% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silicon Laboratories has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Silicon Laboratories beats Ascent Solar Technologies on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ascent Solar Technologies

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. engages in the manufacture and commercialization of photovoltaic (PVC) modules using its proprietary thin film technology. It integrates PV modules into a variety of applications such as aerospace, defense, transportation, and electronic products. The company was founded by Mohan S. Misra and Joseph H. Armstrong on October 18, 2005 and is headquartered in Thornton, CO.

About Silicon Laboratories

Silicon Laboratories, Inc. designs and develops analog-intensive and mixed-signal integrated circuits. The firm offers microcontrollers, wireless, sensors, USB bridges, analog, clocks and oscillators, isolators, power, audio and radio, modems and TV and video product categories. It provides solutions for automotive, communications, data centers, healthcare & fitness, home automation & entertainment, industrial automation & power and retail industries. The company was founded by Navdeep S. Sooch, David R. Welland, and Jeffrey W. Scott in August 1996 and is headquartered in Austin, TX.

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