Amtech Systems (NASDAQ: ASYS) and John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Amtech Systems and John Bean Technologies Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amtech Systems $152.25 million 0.90 $4.90 million $0.12 85.17
John Bean Technologies Corporation $1.49 billion 1.96 $166.80 million $2.59 35.64

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

Dividends

John Bean Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Amtech Systems does not pay a dividend. John Bean Technologies Corporation pays out 15.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. John Bean Technologies Corporation has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Amtech Systems and John Bean Technologies Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amtech Systems 1.00% 2.34% 1.18%
John Bean Technologies Corporation 5.32% 29.18% 6.95%

Risk and Volatility

Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.03, meaning that its share price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Bean Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Amtech Systems and John Bean Technologies Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amtech Systems 0 0 3 0 3.00
John Bean Technologies Corporation 0 2 5 0 2.71

Amtech Systems currently has a consensus price target of $12.50, suggesting a potential upside of 22.31%. John Bean Technologies Corporation has a consensus price target of $99.33, suggesting a potential upside of 7.62%. Given Amtech Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Amtech Systems is more favorable than John Bean Technologies Corporation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.0% of Amtech Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of John Bean Technologies Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

John Bean Technologies Corporation beats Amtech Systems on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Amtech Systems Company Profile

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.

John Bean Technologies Corporation Company Profile

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry. The product offerings of its FoodTech businesses include Protein, Liquid Foods and Automated Systems. The JBT AeroTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically airport ground support and gate equipment and provides services for airport authorities; airlines, airfreight, and ground handling companies; the defense contractors, and other industries. The product offerings of its AeroTech businesses include Mobile Equipment, Fixed Equipment and Airport Services.

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