Amtech Systems (NASDAQ: ASYS) and Manitex International (NASDAQ:MNTX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.0% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.7% of Manitex International shares are owned by institutional investors. 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Manitex International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.11, meaning that its share price is 111% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitex International has a beta of 2.06, meaning that its share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Amtech Systems and Manitex International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amtech Systems $152.25 million 1.20 $4.90 million $0.12 114.42
Manitex International $274.79 million 0.53 $6.67 million ($2.50) -3.55

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

Profitability

This table compares Amtech Systems and Manitex International’s 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%
Manitex International -15.69% 2.50% 0.78%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Amtech Systems and Manitex International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amtech Systems 0 0 3 0 3.00
Manitex International 0 0 2 0 3.00

Amtech Systems presently has a consensus target price of $12.50, indicating a potential downside of 8.96%. Manitex International has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.74%. Given Manitex International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Manitex International is more favorable than Amtech Systems.

Summary

Amtech Systems beats Manitex International on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Manitex International

Manitex International, Inc. is a provider of engineered specialty lifting and loading products. The Company operates in three business segments: the Lifting Equipment segment, the A.S.V., LLC (ASV) segment and the Equipment Distribution segment. Through its Lifting Equipment segment, the Company designs, manufactures and distributes a diverse group of products that serve various functions and are used in a range of industries. In the ASV segment, the Company manufactures a line of compact rubber tracked and skid steer loaders. In the Equipment Distribution segment, the Company markets products used primarily for infrastructure development and commercial construction applications that include road and bridge construction, general contracting, roofing, scrap handling, and sign construction and maintenance. The Company, through its subsidiary Manitex, Inc., markets a line of boom trucks, truck cranes and sign cranes.

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