Comparing Semtech (SMTC) and Ascent Solar Technologies (ASTI)

Semtech (NASDAQ:SMTC) and Ascent Solar Technologies (OTCMKTS:ASTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Semtech and Ascent Solar Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Semtech $587.85 million 5.03 $36.42 million $1.40 31.92
Ascent Solar Technologies $640,000.00 1.79 -$18.56 million N/A N/A

Semtech has higher revenue and earnings than Ascent Solar Technologies.


This table compares Semtech and Ascent Solar Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Semtech 8.48% 12.66% 7.91%
Ascent Solar Technologies -2,191.52% N/A -178.72%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.2% of Semtech shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Semtech shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Ascent Solar Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Semtech has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ascent Solar Technologies has a beta of 3.12, suggesting that its share price is 212% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Semtech and Ascent Solar Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Semtech 0 1 10 0 2.91
Ascent Solar Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Semtech presently has a consensus price target of $58.70, suggesting a potential upside of 31.35%. Given Semtech’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Semtech is more favorable than Ascent Solar Technologies.


Semtech beats Ascent Solar Technologies on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Semtech Company Profile

Semtech Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products and advanced algorithms. The company provides signal integrity products, including a portfolio of optical data communications and video transport products used in various enterprise computing, industrial, communications, and high-end consumer applications; and a portfolio of integrated circuits for data centers, enterprise networks, passive optical networks, wireless base station optical transceivers, and high-speed interface applications. It also offers protection products, such as filter and termination devices that are integrated with the transient voltage suppressor devices, which protect electronic systems from voltage spikes; and wireless and sensing products comprising a portfolio of specialized radio frequency products used in various industrial, medical, and communications applications, as well as specialized sensing products used in industrial and consumer applications. In addition, the company provides power products consisting of switching voltage regulators, combination switching and linear regulators, smart regulators, isolated switches, and wireless charging that control, alter, regulate, and condition the power within electronic systems; and discrete semiconductor products, including rectifiers, assemblies, and other products for use in industrial, military, medical, and automotive applications, as well as aerospace and defense systems, such as satellite communications. It serves original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers in the enterprise computing, communications, and consumer and industrial end-markets. The company sells its products directly, as well as through independent sales representative firms and independent distributors in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Semtech Corporation was incorporated in 1960 and is headquartered in Camarillo, California.

Ascent Solar Technologies Company Profile

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. designs and manufactures photovoltaic integrated consumer electronics and portable power applications for commercial and military users. The company provides outdoor solar chargers, such as the XD-12 and the XD-48; high-voltage SuperLight thin-film CIGS PV blankets; and solar modules. The company sells products through its e-commerce Website, online retailers, direct to retailers, and indirectly to retailers through distributors. Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Thornton, Colorado.

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