Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) and Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) are both small-cap industrial machinery companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and earnings.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Flow International Corp and Amtech Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Flow International Corp||1||1||1||0||2.00|
Flow International Corp presently has a consensus price target of $36.67, indicating a potential downside of 11.22%. Given Flow International Corp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Flow International Corp is more favorable than Amtech Systems.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
50.6% of Amtech Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Flow International Corp and Amtech Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Flow International Corp||N/A||N/A||N/A||$0.04||1,032.50|
|Amtech Systems||$120.31 million||1.62||-$7.00 million||$0.12||113.17|
Flow International Corp has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Amtech Systems. Amtech Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Flow International Corp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Flow International Corp and Amtech Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Flow International Corp||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Amtech Systems beats Flow International Corp on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
Flow International Corp Company Profile
SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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.
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