Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ: KLIC) and Camtek (NASDAQ:CAMT) 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 risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Kulicke and Soffa Industries and Camtek’s 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%
Camtek 2.56% 15.32% 10.10%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kulicke and Soffa Industries and Camtek’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kulicke and Soffa Industries $738.99 million 1.93 $125.75 million $1.20 16.74
Camtek $116.68 million 1.43 $13.85 million $0.08 59.13

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Kulicke and Soffa Industries and Camtek, 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
Camtek 0 1 1 0 2.50

Kulicke and Soffa Industries currently has a consensus price target of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 54.31%. Camtek has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 47.99%. Given Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Kulicke and Soffa Industries is more favorable than Camtek.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.9% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.3% of Camtek shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 79.4% of Camtek shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Kulicke and Soffa Industries has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Camtek has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Kulicke and Soffa Industries beats Camtek on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries Company Profile

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.

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.

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