Contrasting Brooks Automation (BRKS) & Amtech Systems (ASYS)

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ: BRKS) and Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.7% of Brooks Automation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Brooks Automation 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Brooks Automation has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.06, suggesting that its share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Brooks Automation and Amtech Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brooks Automation 0 2 5 0 2.71
Amtech Systems 0 1 2 0 2.67

Brooks Automation presently has a consensus price target of $34.67, indicating a potential upside of 6.27%. Amtech Systems has a consensus price target of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 123.14%. Given Amtech Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Amtech Systems is more favorable than Brooks Automation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brooks Automation and Amtech Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brooks Automation $692.89 million 3.32 $62.61 million $1.24 26.31
Amtech Systems $164.52 million 0.55 $9.13 million $0.68 8.90

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

Dividends

Brooks Automation pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Amtech Systems does not pay a dividend. Brooks Automation pays out 32.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Brooks Automation and Amtech Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brooks Automation 15.55% 15.97% 11.28%
Amtech Systems 9.52% 22.08% 11.63%

Summary

Brooks Automation beats Amtech Systems on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brooks Automation

Brooks Automation, Inc. provides automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. It operates in two segments, Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group and Brooks Life Science Systems. The Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment offers critical automated transport, vacuum, and contamination controls solutions and services. Its products include atmospheric and vacuum robots, robotic modules, and tool automation systems that offer precision handling and clean wafer environments; automated cleaning and inspection systems for wafer carriers, as well as reticle pod cleaners and stockers; and vacuum pumping and thermal management solutions for critical process vacuum applications. This segment also offers repair, diagnostic, and installation services, as well as spare parts and productivity enhancement upgrade services. The Brooks Life Science Systems segment provides automated cold storage systems; consumables, including various formats of racks, tubes, caps, plates, and foils; and instruments used for labeling, bar coding, capping, decapping, auditing, sealing, peeling, and piercing tubes and plates. It also provides sample management services, such as on-site and off-site sample storage, cold chain logistics, sample relocation, bio-processing, disaster recovery, and business continuity, as well as project management and consulting. In addition, this segment offers sample intelligence software solutions and customer technology integration; and laboratory work flow scheduling for life science tools and instrument work cells, sample inventory and logistics, environmental and temperature monitoring, and clinical trial and consent management, as well as planning, data management, virtualization, and visualization services. The company serves semiconductor capital equipment and sample management markets for life sciences in approximately 50 countries. Brooks Automation, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

About Amtech Systems

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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