Comparing Tower Semiconductor (TSEM) & Spi Energy (SPI)

Tower Semiconductor (NASDAQ:TSEM) and Spi Energy (NASDAQ:SPI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Tower Semiconductor and Spi Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tower Semiconductor 18.43% 15.82% 9.98%
Spi Energy N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

Tower Semiconductor has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spi Energy has a beta of 2.82, meaning that its share price is 182% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tower Semiconductor and Spi Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tower Semiconductor $1.39 billion 1.01 $298.01 million $2.21 6.42
Spi Energy $120,000.00 63.53 -$91.08 million N/A N/A

Tower Semiconductor has higher revenue and earnings than Spi Energy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.5% of Tower Semiconductor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.3% of Spi Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tower Semiconductor shares are held 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Tower Semiconductor and Spi Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tower Semiconductor 0 0 7 0 3.00
Spi Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Tower Semiconductor presently has a consensus price target of $26.50, indicating a potential upside of 86.88%. Given Tower Semiconductor’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Tower Semiconductor is more favorable than Spi Energy.

Summary

Tower Semiconductor beats Spi Energy on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tower Semiconductor Company Profile

Tower Semiconductor Ltd., an independent semiconductor foundry, manufactures and markets analog intensive mixed-signal semiconductor devices in the United States, Japan, Asia, and Europe. The company provides various customizable process technologies, including SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management, and MEMS. It also offers transfer optimization and development process services to integrated device manufacturers and fabless companies. The company serves various markets, such as automotive, medical, industrial, consumer, aerospace and defense, and others. Tower Semiconductor Ltd. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Migdal Haemek, Israel.

Spi Energy Company Profile

SPI Energy Co., Ltd. provides photovoltaic solutions for business, residential, government, and utility customers and investors. It offers engineering, procurement, and construction services to independent power developers and producers, and commercial and industrial companies. The company also develops, owns, and operates solar projects that sell electricity to power companies and other electricity off-takers. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated 73.12 megawatts of solar projects. The company operates in China, Greece, the United States, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. SPI Energy Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong SAR, China.

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