Contrasting JinkoSolar (JKS) and Inphi (IPHI)

Inphi (NYSE:IPHI) and JinkoSolar (NYSE:JKS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Inphi and JinkoSolar’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Inphi $294.49 million 6.38 -$95.75 million ($0.57) -72.84
JinkoSolar $3.64 billion 0.14 $59.12 million $1.52 11.60

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

Volatility and Risk

Inphi has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, JinkoSolar has a beta of 2.34, indicating that its share price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Inphi and JinkoSolar, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Inphi 1 1 9 0 2.73
JinkoSolar 1 2 3 0 2.33

Inphi currently has a consensus price target of $44.59, suggesting a potential upside of 7.40%. JinkoSolar has a consensus price target of $11.50, suggesting a potential downside of 34.77%. Given Inphi’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Inphi is more favorable than JinkoSolar.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

29.3% of JinkoSolar shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Inphi shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Inphi and JinkoSolar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Inphi -30.17% -3.13% -1.30%
JinkoSolar 1.60% 5.01% 1.19%

Summary

JinkoSolar beats Inphi on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Inphi Company Profile

Inphi Corporation provides high-speed analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, datacenter, and computing markets worldwide. Its analog and mixed signal semiconductor solutions offer high signal integrity at various data speeds and reduce system power consumption. The company's semiconductor solutions address bandwidth bottlenecks in networks, maximize throughput and minimize latency in computing environments, and enable the rollout of communications and datacenter infrastructures. Its solutions provide a high-speed interface between analog and mixed signals, and digital information in high-performance systems, such as telecommunications transport systems, enterprise networking equipment, and datacenters. The company also provides 25G to 600G high-speed analog and mixed semiconductor solutions for the communications market. Its products perform a range of functions, such as amplifying, encoding, multiplexing, demultiplexing, and retiming signals at speeds up to 400 Gbps. Inphi Corporation sells its products directly through its sales force, as well as through a network of sales representatives and distributors to original equipment manufacturers. The company was formerly known as TCom Communications, Inc. and changed its name to Inphi Corporation in February 2001. Inphi Corporation was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

JinkoSolar Company Profile

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, production, and marketing of photovoltaic products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company offers solar modules, silicon wafers, solar cells, recovered silicon materials, and silicon ingots. It also provides solar system integration services; and develops commercial solar power projects. The company sells its products to distributors, project developers, and system integrators under the JinkoSolar brand, as well as on an original equipment manufacturer basis. JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. was founded in 2006 and is based in Shangrao, the People's Republic of China.

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