Head to Head Analysis: Ichor (ICHR) and Enphase Energy (ENPH)

Ichor (NASDAQ: ICHR) and Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Ichor and Enphase Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ichor 0 0 5 1 3.17
Enphase Energy 0 2 5 0 2.71

Ichor presently has a consensus target price of $38.80, indicating a potential upside of 51.03%. Enphase Energy has a consensus target price of $3.85, indicating a potential downside of 2.28%. Given Ichor’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ichor is more favorable than Enphase Energy.

Risk & Volatility

Ichor has a beta of 4.91, suggesting that its stock price is 391% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enphase Energy has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Ichor and Enphase Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ichor 7.83% 33.93% 16.06%
Enphase Energy -15.79% N/A -19.84%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.5% of Ichor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.0% of Enphase Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of Ichor shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.5% of Enphase Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ichor and Enphase Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ichor $655.89 million 1.03 $56.45 million $2.41 10.66
Enphase Energy $286.17 million 1.32 -$45.19 million ($0.54) -7.30

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


Ichor beats Enphase Energy on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ichor

Ichor Holdings, Ltd. is engaged in the design, engineering and manufacturing of critical fluid delivery subsystems for semiconductor capital equipment. The Company’s primary offerings include gas and chemical delivery subsystems, collectively known as fluid delivery subsystems, which are key elements of the process tools used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices. The Company’s gas delivery subsystems deliver, monitor and control precise quantities of the specialized gases used in semiconductor manufacturing processes, such as etch and deposition. Its chemical delivery subsystems precisely blend and dispense the reactive liquid chemistries used in semiconductor manufacturing processes, such as chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) electroplating and cleaning. The Company also manufactures certain components for internal use in fluid delivery systems and for direct sales to its customers.

About Enphase Energy

Enphase Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and sells microinverter systems for residential and commercial markets in the United States and internationally. The company's semiconductor-based microinverter system converts direct current electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity at the individual solar module level. It also offers energy storage systems, including its AC battery; and energy monitoring and control services. The company sells its microinverter systems primarily to distributors, as well as directly to large installers through original equipment manufacturers and strategic partners. Enphase Energy, Inc. has a strategic partnership with Panasonic Corporation of North America for the development of AC modules. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Petaluma, California.

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