ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ:ON) & Spire (NASDAQ:SPIR) Critical Comparison

ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ:ON) and Spire (OTCMKTS:SPIR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for ON Semiconductor and Spire, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ON Semiconductor 1 3 11 1 2.75
Spire 0 0 0 0 N/A

ON Semiconductor presently has a consensus price target of $24.10, indicating a potential upside of 32.64%. Given ON Semiconductor’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe ON Semiconductor is more favorable than Spire.

Risk and Volatility

ON Semiconductor has a beta of 2.16, indicating that its stock price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spire has a beta of 2.7, indicating that its stock price is 170% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.1% of ON Semiconductor shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of ON Semiconductor shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.2% of Spire shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares ON Semiconductor and Spire’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ON Semiconductor 9.49% 25.36% 10.54%
Spire N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ON Semiconductor and Spire’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ON Semiconductor $5.88 billion 1.27 $627.40 million $1.96 9.27
Spire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

ON Semiconductor has higher revenue and earnings than Spire.

Summary

ON Semiconductor beats Spire on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor Corporation manufactures and sells semiconductor components for various electronic devices worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Power Solutions Group, Analog Solutions Group, and Intelligent Sensing Group. The Power Solutions Group segment offers discrete, module, and integrated semiconductor products for various applications, such as power switching and conversion, signal conditioning, circuit protection, signal amplification, and voltage reference. The Analog Solutions Group segment designs and develops analog, mixed-signal, and logic application specific integrated circuits and standard products, as well as power solutions for various end-users in the automotive, consumer, computing, industrial, communications, medical, and aerospace/defense markets. It also provides trusted foundry and design for government customers; and manufacturing services, as well as integrated passive devices product technology. The Intelligent Sensing Group segment offers complementary metal oxide semiconductors and charge-coupled device image sensors, as well as proximity sensors, image signal processors, single photon detectors, and actuator drivers for autofocus and image stabilization for a range of customers in automotive, industrial, consumer, wireless, medical, and aerospace/defense markets. The company serves original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and electronic manufacturing service providers. ON Semiconductor Corporation was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

About Spire

Spire Corporation is engaged in developing, manufacturing, and marketing engineered products and services in the areas of photovoltaic solar and biomedical. The company offers specialized equipment for the production of terrestrial photovoltaic modules from solar cells; and photovoltaic systems for grid connected application in the commercial markets. Its products comprise Spi-Sun simulator, which tests module performance; and turn-key cell and module lines, and other individual equipment. The company also provides training and assistance with module certification, and solar factory management services. In addition, it offers surface treatments to the manufacturers of orthopedic and other medical devices; and performs sponsored research programs into practical applications of biomedical technologies. The company offers its products directly, as well as through distributors and sales representatives in the United States, Asia, Europe/Africa, and internationally. Spire Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Billerica, Massachusetts.

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