Head-To-Head Review: PDF Solutions (NASDAQ:PDFS) vs. Camtek (CAMT)

PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS) and Camtek (NASDAQ:CAMT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Volatility and Risk

PDF Solutions has a beta of 1.43, suggesting that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Camtek has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for PDF Solutions and Camtek, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PDF Solutions 0 2 1 0 2.33
Camtek 0 1 1 0 2.50

PDF Solutions currently has a consensus target price of $23.33, indicating a potential upside of 52.01%. Camtek has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 37.80%. Given PDF Solutions’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe PDF Solutions is more favorable than Camtek.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PDF Solutions and Camtek’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PDF Solutions $104.27 million 4.76 $9.44 million $0.18 85.28
Camtek $116.68 million 1.54 $13.85 million $0.08 63.50

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.5% of PDF Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.3% of Camtek shares are held by institutional investors. 16.2% of PDF Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 79.4% of Camtek shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares PDF Solutions and Camtek’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PDF Solutions 5.29% 2.78% 2.49%
Camtek 2.56% 15.32% 10.10%

Summary

PDF Solutions beats Camtek on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

PDF Solutions Company Profile

PDF Solutions, Inc. is a provider of infrastructure technologies and services for integrated circuits (IC). The Company’s technologies and services focus on the IC manufacturing process life cycle. It operates in the segment of licensing and implementation of yield improvement solutions for integrated circuit manufacturers. The Company’s solutions combine software, test chips, an electrical wafer test system, methodologies and professional services. The Company has developed solutions for yield simulation, analysis, loss detection, and improvement. Its characterization vehicle infrastructure (CVi) enables customers to electrically characterize the manufacturing process, and establish fail-rate information needed to calibrate manufacturing yield models and prioritize yield improvement activities. Its Exensio YieldAware solution combines software and services to enable customers to collect and combine product test data and equipment signals during production.

Camtek Company Profile

Camtek Ltd. provides automated and technological solutions for production processes and products yield, enabling and supporting customers’ technologies in the semiconductor fabrication and printed circuit board (PCB) industries. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets products mainly based on two core technologies: automated optical inspection (AOI) and functional ink technology (FIT). The Company’s AOI systems are computerized systems that optically inspect various types of electronic product components for defects caused during the manufacturing process. Its AOI systems are used for both production processes and for manufacturers in the semiconductor fabrication industry, as well as the printed circuit board industry. The Company’s AOI products incorporate image processing software and algorithms, as well as electro-optics and precision mechanics. In addition, the Company’s AOI systems use technology to handle a range of inspection and verification needs.

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