Head-To-Head Review: First Solar (FSLR) and Marvell Technology Group (MRVL)

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First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) and Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ:MRVL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for First Solar and Marvell Technology Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Solar 0 8 10 0 2.56
Marvell Technology Group 0 3 16 0 2.84

First Solar currently has a consensus target price of $66.88, suggesting a potential upside of 57.02%. Marvell Technology Group has a consensus target price of $24.72, suggesting a potential upside of 60.07%. Given Marvell Technology Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Marvell Technology Group is more favorable than First Solar.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Solar and Marvell Technology Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Solar $2.94 billion 1.52 -$165.61 million $2.59 16.44
Marvell Technology Group $2.41 billion 4.22 $520.83 million $1.04 14.85

Marvell Technology Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than First Solar. Marvell Technology Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than First Solar, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares First Solar and Marvell Technology Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Solar -17.98% 1.29% 0.95%
Marvell Technology Group 4.76% 10.43% 8.41%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.2% of First Solar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.3% of Marvell Technology Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of First Solar shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Marvell Technology Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Marvell Technology Group pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. First Solar does not pay a dividend. Marvell Technology Group pays out 23.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Marvell Technology Group has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

First Solar has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marvell Technology Group has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Marvell Technology Group beats First Solar on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About First Solar

First Solar, Inc. provides photovoltaic solar energy solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment designs, manufactures, and sells cadmium telluride solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. This segment offers its products to integrators and operators. The Systems segment provides turn-key photovoltaic solar power systems or solar solutions, such as project development; engineering, procurement, and construction; and operating and maintenance services to utilities, independent power producers, commercial and industrial companies, and other system owners. The company was formerly known as First Solar Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to First Solar, Inc. in 2006. First Solar, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

About Marvell Technology Group

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. designs, develops, and markets analog, mixed-signal, digital signal processing, and embedded and standalone integrated circuits. It offers a range of storage products, including hard disk drive (HDD) and solid-state drive controllers, as well as HDD components, such as HDD preamps components; and develops software-enabled silicon solutions comprising serial advanced technology attachment port multipliers, bridges, serial attached SCSI, and non-volatile memory express redundant array of independent disks controllers and converged storage processors for enterprises, data centers, and cloud computing businesses. The company also provides networking products, which includes Ethernet solutions consisting of Ethernet switches, Ethernet physical-layer transceivers, and single-chip network interface devices; and embedded communication processors. In addition, it offers a portfolio of connectivity solutions, including Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth integrated system-on-a-chip products, which are integrated into various end devices, including enterprise access points, home gateways, multimedia devices, gaming products, printers, automotive infotainment and telematics units, and smart industrial devices. Further, the company provides printer-specific standard products, as well as full-custom and application-specific integrated circuits; and application processors. It has operations in the United States, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, India, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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