Brooks Automation (NASDAQ: BRKS) and FormFactor (NASDAQ:FORM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Brooks Automation and FormFactor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brooks Automation 8.34% 11.25% 8.96%
FormFactor -1.32% 15.62% 10.19%

Risk and Volatility

Brooks Automation has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FormFactor has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Brooks Automation and FormFactor, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brooks Automation 0 1 5 0 2.83
FormFactor 0 1 6 0 2.86

Brooks Automation currently has a consensus target price of $27.67, indicating a potential upside of 8.33%. FormFactor has a consensus target price of $16.43, indicating a potential upside of 14.89%. Given FormFactor’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe FormFactor is more favorable than Brooks Automation.

Dividends

Brooks Automation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. FormFactor does not pay a dividend. Brooks Automation pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.9% of Brooks Automation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.2% of FormFactor shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Brooks Automation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.8% of FormFactor shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Brooks Automation and FormFactor’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brooks Automation $668.56 million 2.57 $95.89 million $0.80 31.93
FormFactor $519.99 million 1.99 $61.41 million ($0.11) -130.00

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

Summary

FormFactor beats Brooks Automation on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brooks Automation Company Profile

Brooks Automation, Inc. is a provider of automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. The Company operates through two segments: Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group and Brooks Life Science Systems. The Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment offers critical automated transport, vacuum and contamination controls solutions and services. Its product offerings include robots and integrated automation systems for handling of substrates. It is also a provider of cryogenic components to create vacuum and thermal stability within critical operating environments in the manufacturing process. It also offers equipment for automated contamination control, conditioning and metrology solutions for wafer and reticle carriers. The Brooks Life Science Systems segment offers sample life cycle management solutions that provide life science and bioscience customers with a range of sample management solutions for scientific research and support drug development.

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.

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