Amtech Systems (NASDAQ: ASYS) and Tennant (NYSE:TNC) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitabiliy and earnings.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Amtech Systems and Tennant’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Amtech Systems||$137.83 million||0.89||$744,000.00||($0.22)||-42.14|
|Tennant||$873.73 million||1.34||$69.63 million||$1.12||59.15|
Tennant has higher revenue and earnings than Amtech Systems. Amtech Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tennant, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Tennant pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Amtech Systems does not pay a dividend. Tennant pays out 75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Tennant has increased its dividend for 45 consecutive years.
Volatility & Risk
Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.05, indicating that its stock price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tennant has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Amtech Systems and Tennant’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
53.7% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.9% of Tennant shares are owned by institutional investors. 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Tennant shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Amtech Systems and Tennant, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Amtech Systems currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.87%. Tennant has a consensus price target of $65.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.89%. Given Amtech Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Amtech Systems is more favorable than Tennant.
Tennant beats Amtech Systems on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Amtech Systems Company Profile
Amtech Systems, Inc. is engaged in the manufacture of capital equipment, including thermal processing, silicon wafer handling automation and related consumables used in fabricating solar cells, Light Emitting Diode (LED) and semiconductor devices. The Company operates through three business segments: solar, semiconductor and polishing. The solar segment supplies thermal processing systems, including diffusion; plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD); atomic layer deposition (ALD), and related automation, parts and services to the solar/photovoltaic industry. The semiconductor segment supplies thermal processing equipment, including solder reflow equipment and related controls for use by the semiconductor manufacturers and in electronics assembly for automotive and other industries. The polishing supplies segment produces consumables and machinery for lapping (fine abrading) and polishing of materials, such as sapphire substrates and optical components.
Tennant Company Profile
Tennant Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing of cleaning solutions. The Company’s segments are Americas; Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. The Company offers a range of products, including floor maintenance and outdoor cleaning equipment, detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies, aftermarket parts and consumables, equipment maintenance and repair service, specialty surface coatings and asset management solutions. Its products are used in various types of environments, including retail establishments, distribution centers, factories and warehouses, public venues such as arenas and stadiums, office buildings, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, parking lots and streets. The Company markets and sells its products under various brands: Tennant, Nobles, Green Machines, Alfa Uma Empresa Tennant, IRIS, Orbio IPC, IPC Foma, IPC Eagle, IPC Gansow, ICA, Vaclensa, Portotecnica, Sirio and Soteco, Ready System, Euromop, and Pulex.
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