Nanometrics (NASDAQ: NANO) and Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ:ACLS) are both small-cap semiconductor equipment & testing – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Nanometrics and Axcelis Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Volatility and Risk
Nanometrics has a beta of 1.75, suggesting that its share price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Axcelis Technologies has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Nanometrics and Axcelis Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Nanometrics and Axcelis Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Nanometrics||$221.13 million||3.10||$44.03 million||$1.79||14.98|
|Axcelis Technologies||$266.98 million||3.06||$11.00 million||$1.19||21.85|
Nanometrics has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Axcelis Technologies. Nanometrics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Axcelis Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
83.2% of Nanometrics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.0% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Nanometrics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by 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.
Nanometrics beats Axcelis Technologies on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
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 Axcelis Technologies
Axcelis Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures and services ion implantation and other processing equipment used in the fabrication of semiconductor chips. The Company also provides aftermarket lifecycle products and services, including used tools, spare parts, equipment upgrades, maintenance services and customer training. The Company offers a complete line of high energy, high current and medium current implanters for all application requirements. The Company’s Purion XE high energy system combines its radio frequency (RF) Linac high energy, spot beam technology with the Purion platform. The Company also offers the Purion M medium current system. The Company’s Purion M systems also offer differentiation for specialty applications, such as hot silicon carbide. The Company’s Purion H high current system is extendable into ultra-low energy applications to satisfy future process requirements, including leakage current performance.
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