Head to Head Survey: Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) versus MagneGas (MNGA)

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MagneGas (NASDAQ: MNGA) and Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ:ACLS) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MagneGas and Axcelis Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MagneGas $3.71 million 1.68 -$11.02 million N/A N/A
Axcelis Technologies $410.56 million 1.61 $126.95 million $1.48 13.85

Axcelis Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than MagneGas.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for MagneGas and Axcelis Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MagneGas 0 0 1 0 3.00
Axcelis Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80

MagneGas presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1,416.68%. Axcelis Technologies has a consensus target price of $31.80, suggesting a potential upside of 55.12%. Given MagneGas’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe MagneGas is more favorable than Axcelis Technologies.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MagneGas -304.45% -146.19% -101.93%
Axcelis Technologies 29.46% 17.71% 12.46%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.5% of MagneGas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.9% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.5% of MagneGas shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

MagneGas has a beta of -0.35, meaning that its share price is 135% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Axcelis Technologies has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Axcelis Technologies beats MagneGas on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

MagneGas Company Profile

MagneGas Corporation, an alternative energy company, creates and produces hydrogen based alternative fuel through the gasification of liquid and liquid waste in the United States and internationally. The company produces gas bottled in cylinders and distributes to the metalworking market as an alternative to acetylene. It offers MagneGas2, a hydrogen based fuel for metal cutting; and MagneTote, a metal cutting torch system primarily used in the firefighting industry. It also provides Plasma Arc Flow refineries, which are machines that produce MagneGas2. In addition, the company sells and licenses the plasma arc technology for the processing of liquid waste. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida.

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.

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