Tower Semiconductor (TSEM) & NVE (NVEC) Head-To-Head Review

Tower Semiconductor (NASDAQ:TSEM) and NVE (NASDAQ:NVEC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.


NVE pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Tower Semiconductor does not pay a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Tower Semiconductor has a beta of 1.44, indicating that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NVE has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Tower Semiconductor and NVE, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tower Semiconductor 0 0 7 0 3.00
NVE 0 0 0 0 N/A

Tower Semiconductor currently has a consensus target price of $26.50, indicating a potential upside of 68.15%. Given Tower Semiconductor’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Tower Semiconductor is more favorable than NVE.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tower Semiconductor 18.43% 15.82% 9.98%
NVE 52.49% 18.42% 18.20%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.6% of Tower Semiconductor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.2% of NVE shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tower Semiconductor shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of NVE shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tower Semiconductor $1.39 billion 1.12 $298.01 million $2.21 7.13
NVE $29.86 million 15.49 $13.91 million N/A N/A

Tower Semiconductor has higher revenue and earnings than NVE.


NVE beats Tower Semiconductor on 8 of the 13 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. The company provides various customizable process technologies, including SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management, and MEMS. It also offers transfer optimization and development process services to integrated device manufacturers and fabless companies. The company serves various markets, such as automotive, medical, industrial, consumer, aerospace and defense, and others. Tower Semiconductor Ltd. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Migdal Haemek, Israel.

NVE Company Profile

NVE Corporation develops and sells devices that use spintronics, a nanotechnology that utilizes electron spin to acquire, store, and transmit information. The company manufactures spintronic products, including sensors and couplers for use in acquiring and transmitting data. Its products comprise standard sensors to detect the presence of a magnetic or metallic material to determine position or speed primarily for the factory automation market; and custom and medical sensors for medical devices to replace electromechanical magnetic switches. The company also offers spintronic couplers, such as IL500-series couplers, IL600-series passive-input couplers, IL700/IL200-series high-speed couplers, IL4/IL3-series isolated network couplers, and IL800-series top-of-the-line couplers. In addition, it licenses the spintronic magnetoresistive random access memory technology, as well as conducts contract research and development activities. The company sells its products through distributors in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and internationally. NVE Corporation was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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