Reviewing NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) and Ascent Solar Technologies (NASDAQ:ASTI)

NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) and Ascent Solar Technologies (OTCMKTS:ASTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.6% of NXP Semiconductors shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Ascent Solar Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

NXP Semiconductors pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Ascent Solar Technologies does not pay a dividend. NXP Semiconductors pays out 25.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for NXP Semiconductors and Ascent Solar Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NXP Semiconductors 0 4 14 0 2.78
Ascent Solar Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

NXP Semiconductors presently has a consensus price target of $117.12, suggesting a potential upside of 2.05%. Given NXP Semiconductors’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe NXP Semiconductors is more favorable than Ascent Solar Technologies.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NXP Semiconductors and Ascent Solar Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NXP Semiconductors $9.41 billion 3.41 $2.21 billion $5.94 19.32
Ascent Solar Technologies $860,000.00 0.30 -$16.04 million N/A N/A

NXP Semiconductors has higher revenue and earnings than Ascent Solar Technologies.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NXP Semiconductors 4.51% 23.37% 10.82%
Ascent Solar Technologies -1,299.58% N/A -133.54%

Risk and Volatility

NXP Semiconductors has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ascent Solar Technologies has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

NXP Semiconductors beats Ascent Solar Technologies on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

NXP Semiconductors Company Profile

NXP Semiconductors N.V., a semiconductor company, provides high performance mixed signal solutions for radio frequency (RF), analog, power management, interface, security, and digital processing products worldwide. The company offers products for audio and visual head-end unit applications, such as single-chip radio solutions, multi-standard radios, audio amplifiers and power analog products, and i.MX applications processors; in-vehicle networking products; two-way secure entry products; various sensors and microcontrollers; power management solutions; battery cell controllers; and solutions for radar, vision, vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems. It also provides secure identification solutions, such as passive RF connectivity devices; microcontroller devices; and secure real-time operating system software products to facilitate the encryption-decryption of data, and the interaction with the reader infrastructure systems. In addition, the company delivers semiconductor-based technologies for connected devices comprising microcontrollers, secure mobile transaction solutions, and various connectivity solutions; and offers digital networking processors, secure interface and system management products, high-performance RF power-amplifiers, and smart antennae solutions. Its product solutions are used in a range of application areas, including automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer, computing, and software solutions for mobile phones. The company markets its products to various original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and distributors. The company was formerly known as KASLION Acquisition B.V and changed its name to NXP Semiconductors N.V. in May 2010. NXP Semiconductors N.V. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Ascent Solar Technologies Company Profile

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. designs and manufactures photovoltaic integrated consumer electronics and portable power applications for commercial and military users. The company provides outdoor solar chargers, such as the XD-12 and the XD-48; high-voltage SuperLight thin-film CIGS PV blankets; and solar modules. The company sells products through its e-commerce Website, online retailers, direct to retailers, and indirectly to retailers through distributors. Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Thornton, Colorado.

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