Comparing Mattson Technology (MTSN) & Nanometrics (NANO)

Mattson Technology (NASDAQ: MTSN) and Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.2% of Nanometrics shares are held by institutional investors. 6.7% of Nanometrics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Mattson Technology has a beta of 2.33, suggesting that its share price is 133% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nanometrics has a beta of 1.75, suggesting that its share price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Mattson Technology and Nanometrics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mattson Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nanometrics 0 0 2 0 3.00

Nanometrics has a consensus target price of $32.50, indicating a potential upside of 26.71%. Given Nanometrics’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nanometrics is more favorable than Mattson Technology.

Profitability

This table compares Mattson Technology and Nanometrics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mattson Technology -13.95% -18.69% -13.50%
Nanometrics 19.23% 10.26% 8.68%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mattson Technology and Nanometrics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mattson Technology N/A N/A N/A $0.13 27.69
Nanometrics $221.13 million 2.97 $44.03 million $1.79 14.33

Nanometrics has higher revenue and earnings than Mattson Technology. Nanometrics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Mattson Technology, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Nanometrics beats Mattson Technology on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mattson Technology

Mattson Technology, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides a global semiconductor wafer processing equipment. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting semiconductor wafer processing equipment, which uses in the fabrication of integrated circuits. It operates in four product sectors: dry strip, etch, conventional rapid thermal processing and millisecond anneal. It is a supplier of dry strip and rapid thermal processing (RTP) equipment for processing to semiconductor manufactures across the world for the fabrication of various devices. It offers its technology to provide capital equipment that deliver processing capability for integrated circuit fabrication to its customers. Its product support offerings include product specific upgrade kits, labor and parts, labor bank program and process engineering services. Its designing and manufacturing centers are located in the United States, Canada and Germany.

About Nanometrics

Nanometrics Incorporated is a provider of process control metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices, including sensors, optoelectronic devices, high-brightness (HB) light emitting diodes (LEDs), discretes and data storages components. The Company’s automated and integrated metrology systems measure critical dimensions, device structures, topography and various thin film properties, including three-dimensional features and film thickness, as well as optical, electrical and material properties. The Company’s process control solutions are deployed throughout the fabrication process, from front-end-of-line substrate manufacturing, to production of semiconductors and other devices, to three-dimensional wafer-level packaging applications. The Company’s automated systems primarily consist of automated metrology systems that are employed in semiconductor production environments.

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