AXT (NASDAQ: AXTI) is one of 104 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductors” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare AXT to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for AXT and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AXT 0 1 3 0 2.75
AXT Competitors 920 4779 8680 363 2.58

AXT presently has a consensus price target of $9.94, indicating a potential upside of 6.85%. As a group, “Semiconductors” companies have a potential upside of 7.73%. Given AXT’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AXT has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

AXT has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AXT’s peers have a beta of 1.05, meaning that their average stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AXT and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
AXT $86.31 million $13.40 million 38.75
AXT Competitors $4.28 billion $1.35 billion 24.00

AXT’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than AXT. AXT is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares AXT and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AXT 9.96% 5.84% 5.19%
AXT Competitors -46.54% 1.08% 0.76%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.9% of AXT shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.2% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.9% of AXT shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

AXT beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About AXT

AXT, Inc. (AXT) is a developer and producer of compound and single element semiconductor substrates, also known as wafers. The dominant substrates used in producing semiconductor chips and other electronic circuits are made from silicon. The Company is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of compound semiconductor substrates and sale of materials. The Company provides alternative or specialty materials in the form of substrates or wafers, including compound and single element substrates. Its compound substrates combine indium with phosphorous (InP) or gallium with arsenic (GaAs). Its single element substrates are made from germanium (Ge). The Company uses its Vertical Gradient Freeze (VGF) technique for growing single crystal Indium Phosphide (InP), Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) and Germanium (Ge) ingots used to produce wafers for diverse electronic and optoelectronic device and circuit applications.

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