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OmniVision Technologies (OVTI)

It's no wonder equipment makers are snapping up Omnivision's products like crazy. A picture is worth a thousand words, and Omnivision's image sensors are becoming de rigeur in everything from camera phones and cars to personal computers and toys. The Sunnyvale (Calif.)-based company's products offer image capture up to 5 megapixels, image processing, color processing and conversion, and output in either digital or analog to computers and televisions. Take a look at its financials: Sales have jumped eightfold in the last three years, to $388 million in fiscal 2005, which ended Apr. 30. Meantime, Omnivision swung from back-to-back losses in 2001 and '02 to record profits of $76.4 million. The company's stock is hovering at a 52-week high on hopes that a new chip will be picked up by top consumer-electronics makers, though one analyst cautions cutthroat competition may cut into its juicy 23% operating margins.

Company Info

2005 Rank


Market Value*
($ Millions)


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

57.4 %

($ Millions)


Profit Growth
(3-yr. avg. annual)

71.2 %

Return on Inv. Capital (3-yr.)

19.5 %

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo


Share Price
As of 4/28/06


Return on Equity

21.7 %

P/E Ratio


No. of Employees


Industry Semiconductors


Location Sunnyvale, Calif.
Phone 408 542-3000
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 4/28/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

OmniVision Technologies and its subsidiaries engage in the design, development, and marketing of semiconductor image sensor devices. Its principal products, referred to under the name CameraChips, are single chip complementary metal oxide semiconductor solutions that integrate various functions including image capture, image processing, color processing, and the conversion and output of the processed image or video stream. The resulting image or video stream can be displayed on either digital or analog equipment, such as computers or televisions. These CameraChips are used in various consumer applications, such as digital still and video cameras, cell phones, personal digital assistants, personal computers, and toys and games. In addition, CameraChips are integrated into commercial and home security and surveillance applications, such as child monitors and door phones. OmniVision Technologies also provides companion chips that are used to connect its CameraChips to various interfaces and perform compression and standardized still photo and digital image formats. Further, it designs and develops software drivers for various computer operating systems, as well as embedded operating systems. The company sells its products directly to original equipment manufacturers and value added resellers, and indirectly through distributors. It sells its products primarily to customers in the Asia Pacific region. OmniVision Technologies was co-founded by Shaw Hong and Raymond Wu. The company was incorporated in 1995 and is based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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Shaw Hong

Shaw Hong, 68

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Total Compensation*

$ 352,311

Total Options Value*

$ 3,704,211

* Fiscal Year 2005

Shanghai Jiao Tong University - BS, Oregon State University - MS

Executive Bio

Shaw Hong has been a director, chief executive officer, and president of OmniVision Technologies since May, 1995. Hong holds a BS in electrical engineering from Jiao Tong University in China and an MS in electrical engineering from Oregon State University.

Management Team

Key Executives

Shaw Hong; Y. Vicky Chou; Peter V. Leigh; Raymond Wu; John T. Yue; Hasan Gadjali; Howard E. Rhodes; Jess Lee; James He

Board Directors

Andrew Wang; Dwight Steffensen; Joseph Jeng; Shaw Hong; Raymond Wu

Executive Data provided by Capital IQ