Camtek (NASDAQ: CAMT) and ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ:ASML) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Camtek has a beta of 1.03, indicating that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ASML Holding N.V. has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.3% of Camtek shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.1% of ASML Holding N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. 79.4% of Camtek shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ASML Holding N.V. pays an annual dividend of $1.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Camtek does not pay a dividend. ASML Holding N.V. pays out 22.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Camtek and ASML Holding N.V., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Camtek 0 0 2 0 3.00
ASML Holding N.V. 0 5 11 0 2.69

Camtek presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.53%. ASML Holding N.V. has a consensus target price of $176.17, indicating a potential downside of 1.54%. Given Camtek’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Camtek is more favorable than ASML Holding N.V..

Profitability

This table compares Camtek and ASML Holding N.V.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Camtek 2.56% 15.32% 10.10%
ASML Holding N.V. 23.81% 19.82% 11.51%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Camtek and ASML Holding N.V.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Camtek $116.68 million 1.75 $13.94 million $0.08 72.00
ASML Holding N.V. $9.33 billion 8.26 $3.27 billion $5.05 35.43

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

Summary

ASML Holding N.V. beats Camtek on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

ASML Holding N.V. Company Profile

ASML Holding N.V. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling and servicing of semiconductor equipment systems, consisting of lithography systems. The Company’s products include systems, and installed base products and services. The Company’s principal operations are in the Netherlands, the United States and Asia. The Company offers TWINSCAN systems, equipped with lithography system with a mercury lamp as light source (i-line), Krypton Fluoride (KrF) and Argon Fluoride (ArF) light sources for 300 millimeter processing wafers for manufacturing environments for which imaging at a small resolution is required. TWINSCAN systems also include immersion lithography systems (TWINSCAN immersion systems). The Company also offers NXE systems, which are equipped with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source technology. The Company offers YieldStar, a wafer metrology system.

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