Sunedison Semiconductor (NASDAQ: SEMI) and Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Sunedison Semiconductor and Coherent, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunedison Semiconductor 0 0 0 0 N/A
Coherent 0 0 8 0 3.00

Coherent has a consensus target price of $314.88, indicating a potential upside of 10.79%. Given Coherent’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Coherent is more favorable than Sunedison Semiconductor.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunedison Semiconductor N/A N/A N/A ($5.29) -2.42
Coherent $1.72 billion 4.09 $207.12 million $8.41 33.79

Coherent has higher revenue and earnings than Sunedison Semiconductor. Sunedison Semiconductor is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Coherent, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Sunedison Semiconductor and Coherent’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sunedison Semiconductor -13.19% -24.50% -10.80%
Coherent 12.02% 28.53% 13.28%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

63.0% of Sunedison Semiconductor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.9% of Coherent shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Sunedison Semiconductor shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Coherent shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Coherent beats Sunedison Semiconductor on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sunedison Semiconductor Company Profile

SunEdison Semiconductor Limited is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of silicon wafers to the semiconductor industry. The Company also develops advanced substrates, such as epitaxial (EPI) wafers and wafers for the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) market, which enable computing and communications applications. Its products include polished wafers, EPI wafers and SOI wafers. The Company sells its products to the semiconductor manufacturers around the world, including integrated device manufacturers, pure-play semiconductor foundries and companies that specialize in wafer customization. It operates facilities in semiconductor manufacturing regions throughout the world, including Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and the United States. Its wafers are used as the base substrate for the manufacture of various types of semiconductor devices, including microprocessors, memory, analog, mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits, discrete and image sensors.

Coherent Company Profile

Coherent, Inc. is a photonics manufacturer. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, servicing and marketing of lasers and related accessories for a range of scientific, commercial and industrial applications. It operates through two segments: Specialty Lasers and Systems (SLS) and Commercial Lasers and Components (CLC). SLS develops and manufactures configurable products serving the microelectronics, scientific research and government programs, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components and instrumentation markets. The Commercial Lasers and Components segment focuses on higher volume products that are offered in set configurations. The product architectures are designed for exchange at the point of use such that substantially all product service and repairs are based upon advanced replacement and depot (that is factory) repair. CLC’s primary markets include materials processing, OEM components, and instrumentation and microelectronics.

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