Comparing Albany International (AIN) and Amtech Systems (ASYS)

Albany International (NYSE: AIN) and Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) 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 earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Albany International has a beta of 1.72, indicating that its share price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amtech Systems has a beta of 1.98, indicating that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Albany International $779.84 million 2.54 $52.73 million $1.33 46.28
Amtech Systems $164.52 million 0.91 $9.13 million $0.65 15.68

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


Albany International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Amtech Systems does not pay a dividend. Albany International pays out 51.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Albany International has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.


This table compares Albany International and Amtech Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albany International 5.06% 9.24% 3.83%
Amtech Systems 5.55% 12.76% 6.18%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.7% of Albany International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.4% of Amtech Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Albany International and Amtech Systems, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albany International 0 1 0 0 2.00
Amtech Systems 0 0 3 0 3.00

Albany International currently has a consensus price target of $52.00, indicating a potential downside of 15.52%. Amtech Systems has a consensus price target of $14.50, indicating a potential upside of 42.30%. Given Amtech Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Amtech Systems is more favorable than Albany International.


Amtech Systems beats Albany International on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Albany International Company Profile

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

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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