Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ: KLIC) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Kulicke and Soffa Industries to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.9% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Kulicke and Soffa Industries and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kulicke and Soffa Industries 0 1 1 0 2.50
Kulicke and Soffa Industries Competitors 110 648 1334 51 2.62

Kulicke and Soffa Industries presently has a consensus target price of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 63.16%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 10.14%. Given Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Kulicke and Soffa Industries is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Kulicke and Soffa Industries has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ rivals have a beta of 1.18, meaning that their average stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kulicke and Soffa Industries and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Kulicke and Soffa Industries $738.99 million $125.75 million 15.83
Kulicke and Soffa Industries Competitors $1.64 billion $379.05 million 8.74

Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Kulicke and Soffa Industries. Kulicke and Soffa Industries is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kulicke and Soffa Industries 11.61% 11.88% 9.53%
Kulicke and Soffa Industries Competitors 6.59% 12.25% 7.10%

Summary

Kulicke and Soffa Industries rivals beat Kulicke and Soffa Industries on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Kulicke and Soffa Industries

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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