Amtech Systems (NASDAQ: ASYS) is one of 18 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Amtech Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Amtech Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amtech Systems 0 0 3 0 3.00
Amtech Systems Competitors 93 396 335 25 2.34

Amtech Systems presently has a consensus target price of $12.50, indicating a potential upside of 6.93%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery” companies have a potential upside of 12.20%. Given Amtech Systems’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Amtech Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Amtech Systems and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Amtech Systems $152.25 million $4.90 million 97.42
Amtech Systems Competitors $696.10 million $107.10 million 45.15

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

50.0% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by institutional investors. 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.03, indicating that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amtech Systems’ competitors have a beta of 1.49, indicating that their average stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Amtech Systems and its competitors’ 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%
Amtech Systems Competitors -24.03% 10.43% 4.25%

Summary

Amtech Systems competitors beat Amtech Systems on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Amtech Systems

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.

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