Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l (SMI) and Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) Head-To-Head Analysis

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Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l (NYSE:SMI) and Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l and Silicon Laboratories, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l 2 2 0 0 1.50
Silicon Laboratories 0 5 5 0 2.50

Silicon Laboratories has a consensus price target of $101.11, indicating a potential upside of 9.01%. Given Silicon Laboratories’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Silicon Laboratories is more favorable than Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l.

Risk & Volatility

Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Silicon Laboratories has a beta of 1.47, meaning that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.5% of Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.9% of Silicon Laboratories shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Silicon Laboratories shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l and Silicon Laboratories’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l 3.19% 1.37% 0.81%
Silicon Laboratories 9.63% 12.13% 7.87%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l and Silicon Laboratories’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l $3.36 billion 1.50 $134.05 million N/A N/A
Silicon Laboratories $868.27 million 4.63 $83.59 million $2.86 32.43

Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l has higher revenue and earnings than Silicon Laboratories.


Silicon Laboratories beats Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l Company Profile

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, an investment holding company, engages in the computer-aided design, manufacture, testing, packaging, and trading of integrated circuits (IC) and other semiconductor services. The company offers various types of semiconductors, including logic, mixed-signal and radio frequency, power IC, microprocessor, memory related, optoelectronics, other sensors, discrete, and others. It also provides integrated solutions, such as design support services; libraries and intellectual property services; mask-making services; and wafer probing, bumping, assembling, and testing services. In addition, the company designs and manufactures semiconductor masks and solar cells related semiconductor products; and offers marketing related services. It operates in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

Silicon Laboratories Company Profile

Silicon Laboratories Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and markets mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) in the United States, China, and internationally. The company offers Internet of things products, including 8-bit mixed-signal, 32-bit wireless, and ultra-low-power 32-bit microcontrollers; wireless connectivity devices, such as multiprotocol wireless Gecko system-on-chip devices; real-time operating systems; sensor products comprising optical, relative humidity/temperature, and hall effect magnetic sensors. It also provides infrastructure products, such as timing devices; multi-channel isolators, isolated drivers, isolated power converters, and mixed-signal devices; broadcast products, which include single-chip hybrid TV tuners and analog TV demodulators, as well as AM/FM, HD radio, and DAB/DAB+ receivers; and radio ICs. In addition, the company provides access products comprising ProSLIC subscriber line interface circuits for voice over IP; ISOmodem embedded modems; and Power over Ethernet power source equipment and powered device ICs. It primarily markets its products to Internet of Things, Internet infrastructure, industrial automation, consumer, and automotive markets through direct sales force, as well as through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors. Silicon Laboratories Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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