FormFactor (NASDAQ: FORM) and Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.3% of FormFactor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of FormFactor shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

FormFactor has a beta of 1.6, indicating that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kulicke and Soffa Industries has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for FormFactor and Kulicke and Soffa Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FormFactor 0 1 6 0 2.86
Kulicke and Soffa Industries 0 1 1 0 2.50

FormFactor currently has a consensus target price of $15.71, suggesting a potential upside of 18.60%. Kulicke and Soffa Industries has a consensus target price of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 40.21%. Given Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Kulicke and Soffa Industries is more favorable than FormFactor.

Profitability

This table compares FormFactor and Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FormFactor 2.71% 11.02% 7.03%
Kulicke and Soffa Industries 12.19% 10.59% 8.60%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares FormFactor and Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FormFactor $459.10 million 2.08 $35.90 million $0.26 50.96
Kulicke and Soffa Industries $711.51 million 2.21 $115.41 million $1.22 18.12

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

Summary

Kulicke and Soffa Industries beats FormFactor on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

FormFactor Company Profile

FormFactor, Inc. is a provider of test and measurement solutions. The Company’s segments include the Probe Cards segment and Systems segment. The Company designs, manufactures and sells multiple product lines, including probe cards, analytical probes, probe stations, integrated measurement systems, thermal sub-systems, reliability test systems, and related services. Its products provide electrical information from a range of semiconductor and electro-optical devices and integrated circuits (devices) from development to production. Probe Cards segment consists of probe card products and analytical probes. Systems segment consists of wafer probing, thermal and reliability products to enable precision on-wafer measurement of integrated circuits. Systems products are used in the early phases of the development and characterization of semiconductor processes.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries Company Profile

Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells capital equipment and expendable tools, as well as services, maintains, repairs and upgrades equipment, all used to assemble semiconductor devices. The Company supplies a range of bonding equipment. The Company operates through two segments: Equipment and Expendable Tools. The Equipment segment manufactures and sells a line of ball bonders, wedge bonders, advanced packaging and surface mount technology solutions. The Expendable Tools segment manufactures and sells expendable tools for a range of semiconductor packaging applications. It offers capital equipment and expendable tools used to assemble semiconductor devices, including integrated circuits, high and low powered discrete devices, light-emitting diodes and power modules. Its customers primarily consist of semiconductor device manufacturers, outsourced semiconductor assembly and test providers, other electronics manufacturers and automotive electronics suppliers.

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