Amtech Systems (NASDAQ: ASYS) and EnPro Industries (NYSE:NPO) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Amtech Systems and EnPro Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amtech Systems 0 0 1 0 3.00
EnPro Industries 0 0 2 0 3.00

Amtech Systems currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential downside of 11.17%. EnPro Industries has a consensus target price of $85.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.82%. Given EnPro Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe EnPro Industries is more favorable than Amtech Systems.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Amtech Systems and EnPro Industries’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amtech Systems $137.83 million 0.86 $744,000.00 ($0.22) -40.94
EnPro Industries $1.19 billion 1.32 $167.70 million $0.61 120.31

EnPro Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Amtech Systems. Amtech Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EnPro Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Amtech Systems and EnPro Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amtech Systems -2.16% -4.59% -2.40%
EnPro Industries 1.10% 9.43% 2.25%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.7% of Amtech Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of EnPro Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of EnPro Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

EnPro Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Amtech Systems does not pay a dividend. EnPro Industries pays out 144.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.05, indicating that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnPro Industries has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

EnPro Industries beats Amtech Systems on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amtech Systems

Amtech Systems, Inc. is engaged in the manufacture of capital equipment, including thermal processing, silicon wafer handling automation and related consumables used in fabricating solar cells, Light Emitting Diode (LED) and semiconductor devices. The Company operates through three business segments: solar, semiconductor and polishing. The solar segment supplies thermal processing systems, including diffusion; plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD); atomic layer deposition (ALD), and related automation, parts and services to the solar/photovoltaic industry. The semiconductor segment supplies thermal processing equipment, including solder reflow equipment and related controls for use by the semiconductor manufacturers and in electronics assembly for automotive and other industries. The polishing supplies segment produces consumables and machinery for lapping (fine abrading) and polishing of materials, such as sapphire substrates and optical components.

About EnPro Industries

EnPro Industries, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing engineered industrial products. It operates through three segments. The Sealing Products segment includes three operating divisions: Garlock, which designs, manufactures and sells sealing products; Technetics, which designs, manufactures and sells metal seals and elastomeric seals, among others, and Stemco LP (Stemco), which designs, manufactures and sells heavy-duty truck wheel-end components and systems. The Engineered Products segment includes two industrial products businesses: GGB, which designs, manufactures and sells self-lubricating, non-rolling, metal polymer and engineered plastics, among others, and Compressor Products International, which designs, manufactures, sells and services components. The Power Systems segment includes Fairbanks Morse business, which designs, manufactures, sells and services heavy-duty, medium-speed diesel, natural gas and dual fuel reciprocating engines.

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