Contrasting Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB) & SPI Energy (NASDAQ:SPI)

Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLABGet Rating) and SPI Energy (NASDAQ:SPIGet Rating) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.4% of Silicon Laboratories shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.2% of SPI Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Silicon Laboratories shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Silicon Laboratories and SPI Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Silicon Laboratories $720.86 million 7.12 $2.12 billion $47.70 2.94
SPI Energy $161.99 million 0.34 -$45.49 million N/A N/A

Silicon Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than SPI Energy.


This table compares Silicon Laboratories and SPI Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Silicon Laboratories 266.91% 4.08% 2.91%
SPI Energy N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Silicon Laboratories and SPI Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Silicon Laboratories 0 2 5 0 2.71
SPI Energy 0 0 1 0 3.00

Silicon Laboratories presently has a consensus price target of $197.00, indicating a potential upside of 40.37%. SPI Energy has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 506.06%. Given SPI Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SPI Energy is more favorable than Silicon Laboratories.

Volatility & Risk

Silicon Laboratories has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SPI Energy has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Silicon Laboratories beats SPI Energy on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Silicon Laboratories (Get Rating)

Silicon Laboratories Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, provides various analog-intensive mixed-signal solutions in the United States, China, and internationally. The company's products include wireless microcontrollers and sensor products. Its products are used in various electronic products in a range of applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), including connected home and security, industrial automation and control, smart metering, smart lighting, commercial building automation, consumer electronics, asset tracking, and medical instrumentation. The company sells its products through its 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.

About SPI Energy (Get Rating)

SPI Energy Co., Ltd. provides photovoltaic and electric vehicle (EV) solutions for business, residential, government, and utility customers and investors in Australia, Japan, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Greece. The company offers engineering, procurement, and construction services to independent power developers and producers, and commercial and industrial companies. It also develops, owns, and operates solar projects that sell electricity to power companies and other electricity off-takers, including government-owned utility companies. In addition, the company designs and develops EV charging solutions. As of March 30, 2022, it owned and operated 16.8 megawatts of solar projects. The company is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

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