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

Risk and Volatility

Camtek has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Camtek’s competitors have a beta of 1.22, meaning that their average share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Camtek and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Camtek $116.68 million $13.94 million 71.38
Camtek Competitors $1.99 billion $520.97 million 10.98

Camtek’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Camtek. Camtek 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Camtek and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Camtek 0 0 2 0 3.00
Camtek Competitors 57 495 1267 21 2.68

Camtek currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 22.59%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 6.24%. Given Camtek’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Camtek is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

18.3% of Camtek shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by institutional investors. 79.4% of Camtek shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Camtek and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Camtek 2.56% 15.32% 10.10%
Camtek Competitors 6.59% 12.25% 7.10%

Summary

Camtek beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Camtek

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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