Critical Survey: Jason Industries (NASDAQ:JASN) & Aixtron (AIXNY)

Jason Industries (NASDAQ: JASN) and Aixtron (OTCMKTS:AIXNY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Jason Industries and Aixtron’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jason Industries $705.52 million 0.08 -$66.87 million ($3.01) -0.68
Aixtron N/A N/A N/A ($0.22) -30.18

Aixtron has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Jason Industries. Aixtron is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Jason Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Jason Industries has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aixtron has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Jason Industries and Aixtron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jason Industries -9.95% N/A -0.53%
Aixtron -18.84% -13.14% -10.84%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Jason Industries and Aixtron, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jason Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aixtron 2 0 1 0 1.67

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.5% of Jason Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Aixtron shares are held by institutional investors. 20.0% of Jason Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Jason Industries beats Aixtron on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Jason Industries Company Profile

Jason Industries is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including Assembled Products (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Indiana and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,000 individuals in 15 countries.

Aixtron Company Profile

AIXTRON SE is a provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. The Company’s technology solutions are used by a range of customers across the world to build components for electronic and opto-electronic applications based on compound, silicon or organic semiconductor materials. Such components are used in fiber optic communication systems, wireless and mobile telephony applications, optical and electronic storage devices, computing, signaling and lighting, displays, as well as a range of other technologies. The Company’s business activities include developing, producing and installing equipment for the deposition of semiconductor and other complex materials, process engineering, consulting and training, including ongoing customer support and after-sales service. The Company supplies its customers with both production-scale material deposition systems and small scale systems for research and development (R&D) or small scale production.

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