Analyzing Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) and Amtech Systems (ASYS)

Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ: ACLS) and Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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89.1% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.7% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Axcelis Technologies has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.04, meaning that its stock price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Axcelis Technologies and Amtech Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Axcelis Technologies 30.92% 18.64% 12.79%
Amtech Systems 7.48% 19.49% 9.65%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Axcelis Technologies and Amtech Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axcelis Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80
Amtech Systems 0 0 3 0 3.00

Axcelis Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $31.80, indicating a potential upside of 37.42%. Amtech Systems has a consensus target price of $14.50, indicating a potential upside of 95.68%. Given Amtech Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Amtech Systems is more favorable than Axcelis Technologies.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Axcelis Technologies and Amtech Systems’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Axcelis Technologies $410.56 million 1.81 $126.95 million $1.48 15.64
Amtech Systems $164.52 million 0.67 $9.13 million $0.68 10.90

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


Axcelis Technologies beats Amtech Systems on 9 of the 14 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 dry strip equipment, 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.

Amtech Systems Company Profile

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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