Is Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) Stock A Better Bet Than Intel Corporation (INTC) Stock?

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With the semiconductors space heating up going into 2017, should you pick shares of QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) over Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s?

 – Intel dominates the PC and server markets while Qualcomm leads the mobile market.

 – While the PC market is shrinking, the mobile market is still growing, albeit at a slower rate.

 – While both stocks look attractive, QCOM is a better choice. Here’s why.

Semiconductor companies have done very well in the last year. In fact, in the last 52 weeks, the average price change for the sixteen semiconductor stocks which are included in the S&P 500 index was 35.62%. In this period the price change of the S&P 500 was 11.94%, and of the Nasdaq Composite Index was 8.99%. Moreover, only two S&P 500 semiconductor companies Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS) and First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) have seen their stock prices decline in the last 52 weeks.

As such, investors who are considering an entry into stocks from this trending industry could end up weighing the alternatives. Should you buy shares of one of the largest semi semiconductor companies by market cap, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)? Or should you buy into QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) instead? In this article, I will try to explain which of the two stocks is more attractive right now.

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Intel dominates the PC and server markets while Qualcomm reigns supreme in the mobile market. While the PC market is shrinking, the mobile market is still growing, albeit at a slower rate. According to technology research company IDC, Global PC shipments decreased 3.9% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter a year ago, to 68 million units. However, the decline was much lower than the previously projected 7.1%. Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers & Forecasting, commented:

“We are very pleased to see some improvement in the market. Industry efforts to update products to leverage new processors and operating systems, to deliver a better computing experience encompassing more mobile, secure, and faster systems, and to accelerate PC replacements have been critical. These improvements are accumulating, and set the stage for a stronger market going forward.”

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In contrast, the smartphone market is still growing. According to IDC, the global smartphone market increased by 0.7% in the second quarter of the 2016 year over year, with shipments of about 345 million units. Weaker demand in developed markets such as the United States, Western Europe, Japan, and Canada was the reason for the weak growth.

Qualcomm vs Intel – A Look At The Financials

The table below compares the annual average growth in revenue, earnings per share and dividend over the last five years for the two companies. It also includes the average annual estimated EPS growth for the next five years.


The table clearly shows that Qualcomm’s growth rates are higher in all the categories. The only metric where the difference is not as significant is the projected EPS growth over the coming 5 years, with projections at 10.50% for Qualcomm versus 10% for Intel.

Valuation Comparison

The table below compares major valuation multiples for the two companies.


As the table indicates, there is no significant difference in the valuation metrics between the two companies, and both companies have attractive valuations. However, Qualcomm’s current annual dividend yield is a bit higher at 3.17% compared to Intel’s current annual dividend yield of 2.79%. Qualcomm’s payout ratio is 52.5% while Intel’s is 58.4%.

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