Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) & Chart Industries (NASDAQ:GTLS) Head to Head Review

Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ: AEHR) and Chart Industries (NASDAQ:GTLS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

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Aehr Test Systems has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chart Industries has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Aehr Test Systems and Chart Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aehr Test Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chart Industries 0 2 5 0 2.71

Chart Industries has a consensus price target of $53.20, suggesting a potential downside of 13.97%. Given Chart Industries’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Chart Industries is more favorable than Aehr Test Systems.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.0% of Aehr Test Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of Chart Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.9% of Aehr Test Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Chart Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Aehr Test Systems and Chart Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aehr Test Systems -1.58% -1.44% -0.80%
Chart Industries 2.84% 4.44% 2.23%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aehr Test Systems and Chart Industries’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aehr Test Systems $18.90 million 2.71 -$5.65 million ($0.29) -8.10
Chart Industries $988.80 million 1.93 $28.00 million $0.96 64.42

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

Summary

Chart Industries beats Aehr Test Systems on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aehr Test Systems Company Profile

Aehr Test Systems is engaged in the designing, manufacturing and marketing of advanced test and burn-in products to the semiconductor manufacturing industry. The Company manufactures and markets full wafer contact test systems, test during burn-in systems, test fixtures, die carriers and related accessories. The Company’s principal products are the Advanced Burn-In and Test System (ABTS), the FOX full wafer contact parallel test and burn-in systems, WaferPak full wafer contactor, the DiePak carrier and test fixtures. The Company develops, manufactures and sells systems, which are designed to reduce the cost of testing and to perform reliability screening, or burn-in, of complex logic devices, memory integrated circuits (ICs), sensors and optical devices. These systems can be used to perform parallel testing and burn-in of packaged ICs, singulated bare die or ICs still in wafer form.

Chart Industries Company Profile

Chart Industries, Inc. is a diversified global manufacturer of engineered equipment, packaged solutions, and value-add services used throughout the industrial gas, energy and biomedical industries. The Company operates through three business segments: Energy & Chemicals (E&C), Distribution & Storage (D&S) and BioMedical. The E&C and D&S segments manufacture products used in energy-related and industrial applications, such as the separation, liquefaction, distribution and storage of hydrocarbon and industrial gases. Through the BioMedical segment, it manufactures and supplies medical devices, including cryogenic and non-cryogenic equipment, used in respiratory healthcare. The Company also manufactures and supplies products for life sciences, including biological research and animal breeding. Applications in the BioMedical segment include Respiratory Therapy, Life Sciences, Commercial Oxygen and Nitrogen Generation.

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