Head to Head Contrast: First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) vs. onsemi (NASDAQ:ON)

First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLRGet Rating) and onsemi (NASDAQ:ONGet Rating) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for First Solar and onsemi, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Solar 0 7 13 0 2.65
onsemi 0 6 19 1 2.81

First Solar presently has a consensus price target of $161.96, suggesting a potential downside of 4.43%. onsemi has a consensus price target of $73.89, suggesting a potential downside of 0.15%. Given onsemi’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe onsemi is more favorable than First Solar.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Solar 3.75% 1.61% 1.27%
onsemi 21.36% 43.37% 21.52%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Solar $2.92 billion 6.18 $468.69 million $0.88 192.58
onsemi $6.74 billion 4.75 $1.01 billion $3.86 19.17

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

79.2% of First Solar shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of onsemi shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of First Solar shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of onsemi shares are owned 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

First Solar has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, onsemi has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

onsemi beats First Solar on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About First Solar

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First Solar, Inc. provides photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions in the United State, Japan, France, Canada, India, Australia, and internationally. The company designs, manufactures, and sells cadmium telluride solar modules that converts sunlight into electricity. It serves developers and operators of systems, 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 onsemi

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onsemi is engaged in disruptive innovations and also a supplier of power and analog semiconductors. The firm offers vehicle electrification and safety, sustainable energy grids, industrial automation, and 5G and cloud infrastructure, with a focus on automotive and industrial end-markets. It operates through the following segments: Power Solutions Group, Advanced Solutions Group, and Intelligent Sensing Group. The Power Solutions Group segment offers discrete, module, and semiconductor products that perform multiple application functions, including power switching, power conversion, signal conditioning, circuit protection, signal amplification, and voltage reference functions. The Advanced Solutions Group segment is involved in the designing and developing of analog, mixed-signal, advanced logic, ASSPs and ASICs, Wi-Fi and power solutions for a broad base of end-users in the automotive, consumer, computing, industrial, communications, medical and aerospace/defense markets. The Intelligent Sensing Group segment is focused on the designing and developing of CMOS and CCD image sensors, as well as proximity sensors, image signal processors, single photon detectors, inclu

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