Camtek (NASDAQ: CAMT) and Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Camtek 2.56% 15.32% 10.10%
Brooks Automation 8.34% 11.25% 8.96%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Camtek 0 1 1 0 2.50
Brooks Automation 0 1 5 0 2.83

Camtek currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 43.74%. Brooks Automation has a consensus price target of $27.67, indicating a potential upside of 6.66%. Given Camtek’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Camtek is more favorable than Brooks Automation.

Dividends

Brooks Automation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Camtek does not pay a dividend. Brooks Automation pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Camtek has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brooks Automation has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.3% of Camtek shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.4% of Brooks Automation shares are owned by institutional investors. 79.4% of Camtek shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Brooks Automation shares are owned 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Camtek and Brooks Automation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Camtek $116.68 million 1.48 $13.85 million $0.08 60.88
Brooks Automation $668.56 million 2.61 $95.89 million $0.80 32.43

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

Summary

Brooks Automation beats Camtek on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Camtek Company Profile

Camtek Ltd. provides automated and technological solutions for production processes and products yield, enabling and supporting customers’ technologies in the semiconductor fabrication and printed circuit board (PCB) industries. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets products mainly based on two core technologies: automated optical inspection (AOI) and functional ink technology (FIT). The Company’s AOI systems are computerized systems that optically inspect various types of electronic product components for defects caused during the manufacturing process. Its AOI systems are used for both production processes and for manufacturers in the semiconductor fabrication industry, as well as the printed circuit board industry. The Company’s AOI products incorporate image processing software and algorithms, as well as electro-optics and precision mechanics. In addition, the Company’s AOI systems use technology to handle a range of inspection and verification needs.

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.

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