Atmel (ATML) vs. Cree (CREE) Head-To-Head Contrast

Atmel (NASDAQ: ATML) and Cree (NASDAQ:CREE) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitabiliy, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Atmel and Cree’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atmel N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cree $1.50 billion 1.58 $111.05 million ($1.06) -22.98

Cree has higher revenue and earnings than Atmel.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.1% of Cree shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Cree shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Atmel and Cree’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atmel 1.81% 2.18% 1.48%
Cree -7.36% 0.33% 0.28%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Atmel and Cree, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atmel 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cree 1 9 2 0 2.08

Cree has a consensus price target of $25.29, indicating a potential upside of 3.80%. Given Cree’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cree is more favorable than Atmel.


Cree beats Atmel on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atmel

Atmel Corporation supplies microcontrollers. The Company operates through four segments: Microcontroller, Nonvolatile Memory, Automotive and Multi-Market and Other. The Microcontroller segment includes its microcontroller and microprocessor families; AVR 8-bit and 32-bit products; Atmel SMART ARM-based products; designated commercial wireless products, including low power radio and System-on-a-chip products; optimized products for smart energy, touch button, and mobile sensor hub and Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting applications, and maXTouch capacitive touch product families. The Nonvolatile Memory segment includes electrically erasable programmable read-only, erasable programmable read-only memory devices and secure cryptographic products. The Automotive segment includes devices for automotive electronics, including products using radio frequency technology. The Multi-Market and Other segment includes application specific and standard products for aerospace applications.

About Cree

Cree, Inc. is a manufacturer of lighting-class light emitting diode (LED) products, lighting products and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications. The Company’s products are focused for applications, such as indoor and outdoor lighting, video displays, transportation, electronic signs and signals, power supplies, inverters and wireless systems. The Company has three segments: Lighting Products, LED Products, and Power and RF Products. The Company’s Lighting Products segment offers LED lighting systems and bulbs. The Company’s LED Products segment offers LED components, LED chips and silicon carbide (SiC) materials. The Company’s Power and RF Products segment offers power devices and RF devices. The Company designs, manufactures and markets lighting systems for indoor and outdoor applications, with a focus on LED lighting systems for the commercial, industrial and consumer markets.

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