FormFactor (NASDAQ: FORM) and Entegris (NASDAQ:ENTG) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares FormFactor and Entegris’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FormFactor -1.32% 15.62% 10.19%
Entegris 9.63% 17.04% 9.28%

Risk and Volatility

FormFactor has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its stock price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Entegris has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for FormFactor and Entegris, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FormFactor 0 1 6 0 2.86
Entegris 0 3 4 1 2.75

FormFactor presently has a consensus target price of $17.14, suggesting a potential upside of 8.50%. Entegris has a consensus target price of $27.14, suggesting a potential downside of 0.76%. Given FormFactor’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe FormFactor is more favorable than Entegris.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FormFactor and Entegris’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FormFactor $519.99 million 2.20 $61.41 million ($0.11) -143.64
Entegris $1.25 billion 3.10 $298.17 million $0.84 32.56

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.4% of FormFactor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.3% of Entegris shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of FormFactor shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Entegris shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Entegris beats FormFactor on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FormFactor

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.

About Entegris

Entegris, Inc. is a global developer, manufacturer and supplier of microcontamination control products, specialty chemicals and materials handling solutions for manufacturing processes in the semiconductor and other high-technology industries. The Company operates in three business segments: Specialty Chemicals and Engineered Materials (SCEM), Advanced Materials Handling (AMH) and Microcontamination Control (MC). The SCEM segment provides process chemistries, gases, materials and delivery systems to support semiconductor and other manufacturing processes. The AMH segment develops solutions to monitor, protect, transport, and deliver critical liquid chemistries and substrates for a set of applications in the semiconductor industry and other high-technology industries. AMH offers wafer solutions, chemical containers and fluidics. MC offers solutions to purify critical liquid chemistries and gases used in semiconductor manufacturing processes and other high-technology industries.

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