Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

InterDigital, Inc. designs and develops technologies that enable and enhance wireless communications in the United States and internationally.

Snowflake Analysis

Moderate growth potential with mediocre balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has InterDigital's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: IDCC has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Communications


US Market

1 Year Return




US Communications


US Market

Return vs Industry: IDCC matched the US Communications industry which returned -8.7% over the past year.

Return vs Market: IDCC underperformed the US Market which returned 17.8% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day10.0%-1.1%-1.1%
30 Day6.9%-4.9%1.5%
90 Day11.2%1.8%6.6%
1 Year-6.6%-8.8%-6.8%-8.7%20.2%17.8%
3 Year-22.4%-26.8%30.6%22.3%47.5%38.1%
5 Year27.9%17.1%57.6%39.9%71.2%52.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is InterDigital's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is InterDigital undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: IDCC ($63.28) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($44.49)

Significantly Below Fair Value: IDCC is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: IDCC is poor value based on its PE Ratio (95.4x) compared to the Communications industry average (24.7x).

PE vs Market: IDCC is poor value based on its PE Ratio (95.4x) compared to the US market (18.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: IDCC is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.5x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: IDCC is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.6x) compared to the US Communications industry average (1.9x).

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Future Growth

How is InterDigital forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: IDCC's forecast earnings growth (64% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: IDCC's earnings (64% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.1% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: IDCC's revenue (6.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: IDCC's revenue (6.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: IDCC's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (10.5%).

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Past Performance

How has InterDigital performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: IDCC has a large one-off gain of $20.9M impacting its December 31 2019 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: IDCC's current net profit margins (6.6%) are lower than last year (21.2%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: IDCC's earnings have declined by -13.7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: IDCC's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: IDCC had negative earnings growth (-67.8%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Communications industry average (-19.9%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: IDCC's Return on Equity (1.9%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is InterDigital's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: IDCC's short term assets ($1.0B) exceed its short term liabilities ($305.6M).

Long Term Liabilities: IDCC's short term assets ($1.0B) exceed its long term liabilities ($520.2M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: IDCC's debt to equity ratio (56.6%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: IDCC's debt to equity ratio has increased from 46% to 56.6% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: IDCC's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (20.1%).

Interest Coverage: IDCC's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (1.5x coverage).

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: IDCC has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: IDCC's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 2.3x debt).

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What is InterDigital's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: IDCC's dividend (2.21%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.45%).

High Dividend: IDCC's dividend (2.21%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.73%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, IDCC has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: IDCC's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 9 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (211%), IDCC's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


William Merritt (60yo)





Mr. William J. Merritt, also known as Bill, has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of InterDigital, Inc. since May 2, 2005. Mr. Merritt serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of In ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: William's total compensation ($USD3.01M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD3.81M).

Compensation vs Earnings: William's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

William Merritt
President14.8yrsUS$3.01m0.57% $11.1m
Richard Brezski
CFO & Treasurer7.8yrsUS$919.53k0.15% $2.9m
Kai Öistämö
Chief Operating Officer1.3yrsUS$2.55m0.080% $1.6m
Jeffrey Belk
Executive VP of Business Development & President of the InterDigital China1.3yrsUS$316.46kno data
Henry Tirri
Chief Technology Officer1.8yrsno datano data
Richard Gulino
Chief Legal Officer0.08yrsno datano data
Patrick Van de Wille
Chief Communications Officer0yrsno datano data
Melissa Leneis
Chief Human Resources Officer0.3yrsno datano data
James Nolan
Executive Vice President of Products13yrsUS$1.32m0.14% $2.7m
Robert Stien
Executive VP & Chief Public Policy Officer0yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: IDCC's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.5 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

William Merritt
President14.8yrsUS$3.01m0.57% $11.1m
John Markley
Independent Director3.3yrsUS$221.26k0.026% $514.4k
Philip Trahanas
Independent Director4yrsUS$221.26k0.046% $889.1k
Stewart Hutcheson
Chairman4.7yrsUS$271.28k0.052% $1.0m
Jean Rankin
Independent Director9.7yrsUS$229.55k0.066% $1.3m
John Kritzmacher
Independent Director10.7yrsUS$240.55k0.040% $781.2k
Andrea Goldsmith
Member of Technical Advisory Council9.7yrsno datano data
Robert Riordan
Member of Technical Advisory Council4.4yrsno datano data
Joan Gillman
Independent Director2.8yrsUS$224.55k0.0010% $20.4k
Todd Hylton
Member of Technical Advisory Council1.8yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: IDCC's board of directors are considered experienced (4.5 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

InterDigital, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: InterDigital, Inc.
  • Ticker: IDCC
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1972
  • Industry: Communications Equipment
  • Sector: Tech
  • Market Cap: US$1.944b
  • Shares outstanding: 30.72m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • InterDigital, Inc.
  • 200 Bellevue Parkway
  • Suite 300
  • Wilmington
  • Delaware
  • 19809
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
IDIDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURNov 1981
IDCCNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 1981
0U3QLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDNov 1981


InterDigital, Inc. designs and develops technologies that enable and enhance wireless communications in the United States and internationally. It provides technology solutions for use in digital cellular and wireless products and networks, including 2G, 3G, 4G and IEEE 802-related products and networks. The company develops cellular technologies, such as technologies related to CDMA, TDMA, OFDM/OFDMA, and MIMO for use in 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless networks, as well as mobile terminal devices; and 3GPP technology portfolio in 5G NR, LTE-Advanced, and cellular Internet of Things (IoT) areas, as well as technologies for automobiles, wearables, smart homes, drones, and other connected consumer electronic products. It also provides video encoding and transmission technologies; technologies to enable interconnection for various access types comprising cellular, WLAN, and LPWA, as well as IoT service frameworks; interoperability and scalability solutions through oneMPOWER platform; and oneTRANSPORT data marketplace that offers common interface to vraious service providers allowing public authorities to control and monetize, and companies to access IoT data in real-time. In addition, the company engages in the development of technologies in the areas of security and analytics, sensor technologies, and other areas. Its patented technologies are used in various products that include cellular phones, tablets, notebook computers, and wireless personal digital assistants; wireless infrastructure equipment, which comprise base stations; components, dongles, and modules for wireless devices; and IoT devices and software platforms. As of December 31, 2018, the company had a portfolio of approximately 34,000 patents and patent applications related fundamental technologies that enable wireless communications, video encoding, display technology, and other areas. InterDigital, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/24 02:08
End of Day Share Price2020/02/21 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.