Coherent (COHR) & Sunedison Semiconductor (SEMI) Critical Contrast

Coherent (NASDAQ: COHR) and Sunedison Semiconductor (NASDAQ:SEMI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.


This table compares Coherent and Sunedison Semiconductor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Coherent 12.02% 28.53% 13.28%
Sunedison Semiconductor -13.19% -24.50% -10.80%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Coherent and Sunedison Semiconductor, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Coherent 0 0 8 0 3.00
Sunedison Semiconductor 0 0 0 0 N/A

Coherent currently has a consensus price target of $314.88, indicating a potential upside of 5.39%. Given Coherent’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Coherent is more favorable than Sunedison Semiconductor.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.9% of Coherent shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of Sunedison Semiconductor shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Coherent shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Sunedison Semiconductor shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Coherent and Sunedison Semiconductor’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Coherent $1.72 billion 4.30 $207.12 million $8.34 35.82
Sunedison Semiconductor N/A N/A N/A ($5.29) -2.42

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


Coherent beats Sunedison Semiconductor on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Coherent Company Profile

Coherent, Inc. is a photonics manufacturer. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, servicing and marketing of lasers and related accessories for a range of scientific, commercial and industrial applications. It operates through two segments: Specialty Lasers and Systems (SLS) and Commercial Lasers and Components (CLC). SLS develops and manufactures configurable products serving the microelectronics, scientific research and government programs, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components and instrumentation markets. The Commercial Lasers and Components segment focuses on higher volume products that are offered in set configurations. The product architectures are designed for exchange at the point of use such that substantially all product service and repairs are based upon advanced replacement and depot (that is factory) repair. CLC’s primary markets include materials processing, OEM components, and instrumentation and microelectronics.

Sunedison Semiconductor Company Profile

SunEdison Semiconductor Limited is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of silicon wafers to the semiconductor industry. The Company also develops advanced substrates, such as epitaxial (EPI) wafers and wafers for the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) market, which enable computing and communications applications. Its products include polished wafers, EPI wafers and SOI wafers. The Company sells its products to the semiconductor manufacturers around the world, including integrated device manufacturers, pure-play semiconductor foundries and companies that specialize in wafer customization. It operates facilities in semiconductor manufacturing regions throughout the world, including Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and the United States. Its wafers are used as the base substrate for the manufacture of various types of semiconductor devices, including microprocessors, memory, analog, mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits, discrete and image sensors.

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