Head to Head Contrast: Veeco Instruments (VECO) vs. Amtech Systems (ASYS)

Veeco Instruments (NASDAQ: VECO) and Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.6% of Veeco Instruments shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of Veeco Instruments shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Veeco Instruments has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.06, indicating that its share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Veeco Instruments and Amtech Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Veeco Instruments $484.76 million 1.75 -$44.79 million ($0.02) -872.50
Amtech Systems $164.52 million 0.67 $9.13 million $0.68 10.90

Amtech Systems has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Veeco Instruments. Veeco Instruments is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amtech Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Veeco Instruments and Amtech Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Veeco Instruments 0 2 4 0 2.67
Amtech Systems 0 1 2 0 2.67

Veeco Instruments presently has a consensus target price of $26.60, suggesting a potential upside of 52.44%. Amtech Systems has a consensus target price of $13.50, suggesting a potential upside of 82.19%. Given Amtech Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Amtech Systems is more favorable than Veeco Instruments.

Profitability

This table compares Veeco Instruments and Amtech Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Veeco Instruments -11.24% 0.51% 0.31%
Amtech Systems 9.52% 22.08% 11.63%

Summary

Amtech Systems beats Veeco Instruments on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Veeco Instruments

Veeco Instruments Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports semiconductor process equipment worldwide. It offers metal organic chemical vapor deposition systems; packaging lithography equipment; precision surface processing systems; laser annealing systems; ion beam etch and deposition systems; molecular beam epitaxy systems; 3D wafer inspection systems; and atomic layer deposition and other deposition systems. The company sells its products to light emitting diode, micro-electro mechanical system, outsourced semiconductor assembly and test, HDD, and semiconductor manufacturers, as well as research centers and universities. Veeco Instruments Inc. was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Plainview, New York.

About Amtech Systems

Amtech Systems, Inc. manufactures and sells capital equipment and related consumables for use in fabricating solar cells, LED, and semiconductor devices in the United States, Asia, Europe, and internationally. It operates through Solar, Semiconductor, and Polishing segments. The Solar segment supplies thermal processing systems, including diffusion, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, and atomic layer deposition systems; and automation equipment comprising mass wafer transfer systems, sorters, long-boat transfer systems, load station elevators, buffers, and conveyers, as well as related parts and services. The Semiconductor segment designs, manufactures, sells, and services thermal processing equipment, including solder reflow equipment and related controls for use by various semiconductor manufacturers, as well as in electronics assembly for automotive and other industries. Its products include horizontal and vertical diffusion furnaces used to produce semiconductors, silicon wafers, and microelectromechanical systems, as well as lapping equipment, polishing templates and wafer insert carriers, mass wafer transfer systems, loaders, and sorters. The Polishing segment provides silicon wafers for semiconductor products; sapphire substrates for LED lighting and mobile devices; silicon carbide wafers for LED and power device applications; various glass and silica components for 3D image transmission; quartz and ceramic components for telecommunications devices; and medical device components and computer hard disks under the PR Hoffman brand name. The company sells its products through sales personnel, as well as a network of independent sales representatives and distributors. The company was formerly known as Quartz Engineering & Materials, Inc. and changed its name to Amtech Systems, Inc. in 1987. Amtech Systems, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is based in Tempe, Arizona.

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