Contrasting Arrow Electronics (ARW) & EZchip Semiconductor (EZCH)

Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW) and EZchip Semiconductor (NASDAQ:EZCH) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Arrow Electronics has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EZchip Semiconductor has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its stock price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Arrow Electronics and EZchip Semiconductor’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arrow Electronics $26.81 billion 0.27 $401.96 million $4.47 18.30
EZchip Semiconductor N/A N/A N/A ($0.17) -149.94

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.0% of Arrow Electronics shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Arrow Electronics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Arrow Electronics and EZchip Semiconductor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arrow Electronics 1.50% 14.12% 4.59%
EZchip Semiconductor 17.05% 6.03% 5.64%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Arrow Electronics and EZchip Semiconductor, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arrow Electronics 0 1 2 1 3.00
EZchip Semiconductor 0 0 0 0 N/A

Arrow Electronics currently has a consensus price target of $89.50, indicating a potential upside of 9.40%. Given Arrow Electronics’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Arrow Electronics is more favorable than EZchip Semiconductor.

Summary

Arrow Electronics beats EZchip Semiconductor on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics, Inc. is a provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. The Company has a portfolio of product offerings available from various electronic components and enterprise computing solutions suppliers. The Company’s segments include the global components business; the global enterprise computing solutions (ECS) business, and corporate business segment. It distributes electronic components to original equipment manufacturers and contract manufacturers through its global components business segment. Through global ECS business segment, it provides enterprise computing solutions to value-added resellers. The Global components segment markets and distributes electronic components and provides a range of value-added capabilities. Global ECS’ portfolio of computing solutions includes datacenter, cloud, security, and analytics solutions.

About EZchip Semiconductor

EZchip Semiconductor Ltd.is a fabless semiconductor company that provides data-path processing solutions for a range of applications for carrier, cloud and data center networks. The Company’s portfolio of solutions includes network processors, multi-core processors, network adapters and appliances with a software ecosystem. It designs and sells network processors for networking equipment, integrating several key functions into a single chip. Networking equipment vendors use the Company’s network processors to form the silicon core of networking equipment, such as switches and routers, for voice, video and data integration in a variety of applications. The Company’s network processors are single-chip solutions that enable its customers to design multi-port line cards. Its multi-core processors allow customers to design systems that are high performance, as well as power efficient. The Company’s subsidiaries include EZchip Technologies Ltd., EZchip Inc. and EZchip Semiconductor Inc.

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