Ambarella (NASDAQ: AMBA) and Microsemi (NASDAQ:MSCC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Ambarella has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Microsemi has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Ambarella and Microsemi, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ambarella 0 5 7 0 2.58
Microsemi 0 2 11 0 2.85

Ambarella presently has a consensus target price of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.13%. Microsemi has a consensus target price of $66.60, indicating a potential upside of 10.94%. Given Ambarella’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ambarella is more favorable than Microsemi.


This table compares Ambarella and Microsemi’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ambarella 11.51% 7.87% 6.94%
Microsemi 11.10% 21.50% 9.55%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ambarella and Microsemi’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ambarella $310.30 million 5.23 $57.81 million $1.04 46.86
Microsemi $1.81 billion 3.89 $176.30 million $1.74 34.50

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.0% of Ambarella shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.5% of Microsemi shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Ambarella shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Microsemi shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Microsemi beats Ambarella on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ambarella

Ambarella, Inc. offers semiconductor processing solutions for video that enable high-definition (HD), video capture, sharing and display. The Company operates through the development and sale of low-power, high-definition video products segment. Its system-on-a-chip designs incorporate HD video processing, image processing, audio processing and system functions onto a single chip. In the camera market, its platform enables the creation of video content in wearable cameras, automotive aftermarket cameras, professional and consumer Internet Protocol (IP), security cameras, telepresence cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles. In the infrastructure market, its solutions manage IP video traffic, broadcast encoding and transcoding, and IP video delivery applications. AmbaClear is its image signal processing architecture. AmbaCast is its HD video processing architecture. It offers the MotorVu 3D 360 degrees Surround View reference design for automotive original equipment manufacturer market.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance. The Company offers a portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace and defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Its products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), system on chip solutions (SoCs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and power management products. The Company’s marketed products include Switchtec PFX PCIe switch, Flashtec NVM Express (NVMe)2032 and NVMe2016 controllers, Flashtec NVM Express (NVMe)2108 eight channel and NVMe2104 four channel controllers, PDS-EM-8100 PoE 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) Multiplexer, Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) components and miTimePLL.

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