Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ:ACLS) and Atlas Copco (OTCMKTS:ALFVY) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends and valuation.
Atlas Copco pays an annual dividend of $0.39 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Axcelis Technologies does not pay a dividend. Atlas Copco pays out 31.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares Axcelis Technologies and Atlas Copco’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Axcelis Technologies||$442.58 million||1.12||$45.88 million||$1.31||11.49|
|Atlas Copco||$4.68 billion||1.95||$520.14 million||$1.24||17.53|
Atlas Copco has higher revenue and earnings than Axcelis Technologies. Axcelis Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Atlas Copco, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility & Risk
Axcelis Technologies has a beta of 1.43, suggesting that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Copco has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
80.6% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Atlas Copco shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Axcelis Technologies and Atlas Copco, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Axcelis Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 79.40%. Given Axcelis Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Axcelis Technologies is more favorable than Atlas Copco.
This table compares Axcelis Technologies and Atlas Copco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Atlas Copco beats Axcelis Technologies on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Axcelis Technologies Company Profile
Axcelis Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, and services ion implantation and other processing equipment used in the fabrication of semiconductor chips worldwide. The company offers a line of high energy, high current, and medium current implanters for various application requirements. It also provides curing systems and thermal processing systems. In addition, the company offers aftermarket lifecycle products and services, including used tools, spare parts, equipment upgrades, maintenance services, and customer training. It sells its equipment and services to semiconductor chip manufacturers through its direct sales force. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Atlas Copco Company Profile
Alfa Laval AB (publ) provides heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling products and solutions worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Energy, Food & Water, Marine, Greenhouse, and Operations & Other. It offers fluid handling systems, such as automation and fluid control equipment; installation materials; analytical, cleaning validation, flow, level, pressure, temperature, and weighing instruments, as well as instrumentation accessories; mixing equipment; centrifugal, circumferential piston, rotary lobe, and screw pumps; rotary jet and spray heads; tank covers and accessories; and valves. The company also provides heat transfer products, including air heat exchangers; exhaust gas economizers, and oil/gas-fired composite steam and steam boilers; burners; oil/gas-fired hot water and thermal, and waste heat recovery heaters; plate and tubular heat exchangers; and scraped surface heat exchangers. In addition, it offers separation products comprising cylindrical filter baskets and filtering elements; decanters and separators; evaporation systems; filters and strainers; and membrane and pump control systems. Further, the company provides process solutions consisting of ballast water, brewery, bulk, desalination, edible oil, exhaust gas cleaning, filling, fresh water, fuel conditioning, marine exhaust gas, olive oil, protein, refrigeration, safety, and thermal solutions. It serves the biotech and pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals,food, dairy, beverage, home and personal care, HVAC, machinery and manufacturing, marine and transportation, mining, minerals, pigment, pulp and paper, refrigeration, semiconductor and electronics, steel, and water and waste treatment industries. The company was formerly known as AB Separator and changed its name to Alfa Laval AB (publ) in 1963. Alfa Laval AB (publ) was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Lund, Sweden.
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