Financial Contrast: Oplink Communications (OPLK) vs. Silicom (SILC)

Oplink Communications (NASDAQ: OPLK) and Silicom (NASDAQ:SILC) are both companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.3% of Silicom shares are held by institutional investors. 25.4% of Silicom 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Oplink Communications and Silicom, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Oplink Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A
Silicom 0 0 1 0 3.00

Silicom has a consensus price target of $75.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.57%.


Silicom pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Oplink Communications does not pay a dividend. Silicom pays out 47.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Oplink Communications and Silicom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Oplink Communications N/A N/A N/A
Silicom 13.68% 12.77% 10.32%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Oplink Communications and Silicom’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Oplink Communications N/A N/A N/A $0.05 N/A
Silicom $100.35 million 5.32 $13.13 million $2.11 33.99

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


Silicom beats Oplink Communications on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Oplink Communications

Oplink Communications, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells optical networking components and subsystems. The Company’s products expand optical bandwidth, amplify optical signals, monitor and protect wavelength performance, redirect light signals, ensure signal connectivity and provide signal transmission and reception within an optical network. The Company provides over 350 different products that are sold as components and modules, or is integrated into custom solutions. The Company’s products and solutions can be applied to all segments of the fiber optic network infrastructure including long-haul networks, metropolitan area networks (MANs), local area networks (LANs), wireless backhaul, Internet data centers and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.

About Silicom

Silicom Ltd. (Silicom) is engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing and support of networking and data infrastructure solutions for a range of servers, server-based systems and communications devices. The Company’s products include server network interface cards with and without bypass (Server Adapters); Intelligent and programmable cards, with features, such as encryption, acceleration, data compression, redirection, time stamping, network capture solutions, field programmable gate array (FPGA) based ultra-low latency solutions, and/or other offload features and/or compute blades (Smart Cards), and standalone Products. The Company’s market segments for its products include network appliances; servers; data storage, including Big Data; The Cloud, virtualized data centers, with and without software-defined networking (SDN), and Internet of Things (IOT).

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