First Solar (FSLR) and Adesto Technologies (IOTS) Head to Head Analysis

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) and Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ:IOTS) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for First Solar and Adesto Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Solar 1 7 9 0 2.47
Adesto Technologies 0 0 6 0 3.00

First Solar currently has a consensus price target of $67.47, indicating a potential upside of 51.78%. Adesto Technologies has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 88.32%. Given Adesto Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Adesto Technologies is more favorable than First Solar.


This table compares First Solar and Adesto Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Solar -17.98% 1.29% 0.95%
Adesto Technologies -20.57% -12.32% -5.44%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares First Solar and Adesto Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Solar $2.94 billion 1.58 -$165.61 million $2.59 17.16
Adesto Technologies $56.11 million 2.79 -$5.68 million ($0.24) -22.13

Adesto Technologies has lower revenue, but higher earnings than First Solar. Adesto Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than First Solar, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.9% of First Solar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.8% of Adesto Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of First Solar shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 18.4% of Adesto Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

First Solar has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Adesto Technologies has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.


First Solar beats Adesto Technologies on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

First Solar Company Profile

First Solar, Inc. provides photovoltaic solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment designs, manufactures, and sells cadmium telluride solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. This segment offers its products to integrators and operators. The Systems segment provides turn-key photovoltaic solar power systems or solar solutions, such as project development; engineering, procurement, and construction; and operating and maintenance services to utilities, independent power producers, commercial and industrial companies, and other system owners. The company was formerly known as First Solar Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to First Solar, Inc. in 2006. First Solar, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

Adesto Technologies Company Profile

Adesto Technologies Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides application-specific semiconductors for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Its portfolio of semiconductor and embedded technologies are optimized for connected IoT devices used in industrial, consumer, communications, and medical applications. The company manufactures its products using industry-standard floating gate technology and conductive bridging random access memory technology platforms. Its products include DataFlash for data-logging applications, such as industrial automation, home automation sensing, and health and fitness tracking; Fusion Serial Flash for use in various high-volume consumer applications comprising wearables, mobile, and other applications; EcoXip that enables improved processor performance and reduced system power consumption; and Standard Serial Flash to store boot or program code with a low pin count industry standard serial interface. The company's products also comprise Mavriq for IoT and other applications, which include camera sensors, Bluetooth low energy devices, wearables, gaming components, printer cartridges, medical equipment, and other devices; and Moneta for retail beacons, wearable medical and fitness devices, industrial and environmental sensors, agricultural monitors, and other low energy/long battery life or energy harvesting system applications. The company sells its products through a network of representatives and distributors to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers in the United States, Rest of Americas, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. Adesto Technologies Corporation was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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