Contrasting Tower Semiconductor (NASDAQ:TSEM) & China Sunergy (NASDAQ:CSUNY)

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

Risk and Volatility

Tower Semiconductor has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Sunergy has a beta of 4.02, suggesting that its share price is 302% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Tower Semiconductor and China Sunergy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tower Semiconductor 0 1 5 0 2.83
China Sunergy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Tower Semiconductor currently has a consensus price target of $23.29, indicating a potential upside of 59.49%. Given Tower Semiconductor’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Tower Semiconductor is more favorable than China Sunergy.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tower Semiconductor 10.43% 13.06% 8.70%
China Sunergy N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.1% of Tower Semiconductor shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tower Semiconductor shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tower Semiconductor and China Sunergy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tower Semiconductor $1.30 billion 1.10 $135.58 million $1.51 9.67
China Sunergy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Tower Semiconductor has higher revenue and earnings than China Sunergy.


Tower Semiconductor beats China Sunergy on 8 of the 9 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. It provides various customizable process technologies, including SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management, and MEMS. The company also offers transfer optimization and development process services to integrated device manufacturers and fabless companies. It serves various markets, such as automotive, medical and dental, professional photography, industrial and machine vision, AR and 3D gesture control, security, space and scientific, projectors and display, consumer, aerospace and defense, computers and servers, as well as Internet of Things; timing controllers; digital, mixed-signal/CMOS & RFCMOS; and display driver IC. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Migdal Haemek, Israel.

China Sunergy Company Profile

China Sunergy Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets solar cells and modules in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company offers monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon solar cells; and standard P-type solar cells, HP solar cells, and emitter cells, as well as solar modules for use in a range of residential, commercial, industrial, and other solar power generation systems. It also invests in, develops, and operates solar power projects. The company sells its products to system integrators, solar power project developers, and solar power product distributors under the CSUN brand name, as well as on an original equipment manufacturing basis. China Sunergy Co., Ltd. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Nanjing, the People's Republic of China.

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