Nanometrics (NANO) versus Kulicke and Soffa Industries (KLIC) Financial Comparison

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Nanometrics and Kulicke and Soffa Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nanometrics 0 0 2 0 3.00
Kulicke and Soffa Industries 1 0 2 0 2.33

Nanometrics presently has a consensus price target of $32.50, suggesting a potential upside of 24.00%. Kulicke and Soffa Industries has a consensus price target of $29.17, suggesting a potential upside of 13.49%. Given Nanometrics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Nanometrics is more favorable than Kulicke and Soffa Industries.

Volatility & Risk

Nanometrics has a beta of 1.75, indicating that its stock price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kulicke and Soffa Industries has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Nanometrics and Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nanometrics 19.23% 10.26% 8.68%
Kulicke and Soffa Industries 13.85% 14.54% 11.52%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nanometrics and Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nanometrics $221.13 million 3.03 $44.03 million $1.79 14.64
Kulicke and Soffa Industries $809.00 million 2.24 $112.01 million $1.55 16.58

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.2% of Nanometrics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.0% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 6.7% of Nanometrics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Nanometrics beats Kulicke and Soffa Industries on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Kulicke and Soffa Industries

Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells capital equipment and expendable tools, as well as services, maintains, repairs and upgrades equipment, all used to assemble semiconductor devices. The Company supplies a range of bonding equipment. The Company operates through two segments: Equipment and Expendable Tools. The Equipment segment manufactures and sells a line of ball bonders, wedge bonders, advanced packaging and surface mount technology solutions. The Expendable Tools segment manufactures and sells expendable tools for a range of semiconductor packaging applications. It offers capital equipment and expendable tools used to assemble semiconductor devices, including integrated circuits, high and low powered discrete devices, light-emitting diodes and power modules. Its customers primarily consist of semiconductor device manufacturers, outsourced semiconductor assembly and test providers, other electronics manufacturers and automotive electronics suppliers.

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