Allied Motion Technologies (AMOT) & Cohu (COHU) Head-To-Head Review

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Allied Motion Technologies (NASDAQ: AMOT) and Cohu (NASDAQ:COHU) 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 analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Allied Motion Technologies has a beta of 1.89, meaning that its stock price is 89% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohu has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Allied Motion Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Cohu pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Allied Motion Technologies pays out 9.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohu pays out 17.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

49.3% of Allied Motion Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.4% of Cohu shares are held by institutional investors. 22.9% of Allied Motion Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Cohu shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Allied Motion Technologies and Cohu, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Allied Motion Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cohu 0 1 3 0 2.75

Cohu has a consensus target price of $24.25, indicating a potential upside of 1.81%. Given Cohu’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cohu is more favorable than Allied Motion Technologies.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Allied Motion Technologies and Cohu’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Allied Motion Technologies $252.01 million 1.79 $8.03 million $1.22 38.90
Cohu $352.70 million 1.95 $32.84 million $1.34 17.78

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

Profitability

This table compares Allied Motion Technologies and Cohu’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Allied Motion Technologies 3.58% 14.64% 6.57%
Cohu 9.33% 14.10% 9.67%

Summary

Cohu beats Allied Motion Technologies on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Allied Motion Technologies Company Profile

Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells precision and specialty motion control components and systems that are used in a range of industries worldwide. It provides automotive brushless (BL) DC motors, power steering solutions, and special purpose motors; fractional horsepower permanent magnet DC and BLDC motors serving a range of original equipment applications; and high performance BLDC motors, including servo motors, frameless motors, torque motors, slot less motors, high resolution encoders, and motor/encoder assemblies. The company also offers gearing solutions in stand-alone and integrated gearing/motor configurations; and advanced electronic motion control products and custom solutions, including integrated power electronics, digital controls, and network communications for motor control and power conversion. In addition, it provides fractional horsepower BLDC outer rotor motors and traditional BLDC motor part sets; synchronous BLDC servo motor solutions and asynchronous BLDC motors; and trolleys for use in medical environments, as well as electronic controls and platform based integrated steering system solutions. The company sells its products to end customers and original equipment manufacturers in vehicle, medical, aerospace and defense, and electronics/industrial markets through direct sales force, as well as authorized manufacturers' representatives, agents, and distributors. Allied Motion Technologies Inc. was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Amherst, New York.

Cohu Company Profile

Cohu, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, sale, and servicing of semiconductor test and inspection handlers, micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) test modules, test contactors, and thermal sub-systems for semiconductor manufacturers and test subcontractors worldwide. It offers pick-and-place handlers; thermal handler for microprocessors, graphics processors, and other integrated circuits; pick-and-place platform for fabless and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test customers, as well as for integrated device manufacturers; a platform for assembly automation; gravity-feed and test-in-strip handlers; and turret handler for testing and inspection of integrated circuits, LEDs, and discrete devices. The company also provides MEMS test modules that generate physical stimuli for testing of sensor integrated circuits; thermal sub-systems that offer temperature control of the integrated circuit during the testing process; contactor solutions; spares; and a range of device dedication kits that enable handlers to process various semiconductor packages. Cohu, Inc. markets its products through direct sales force and independent sales representatives. The company was formerly known as Cohu Electronics, Inc. and changed its name to Cohu, Inc. in 1972. Cohu, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Poway, California.

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