Analyzing Nanometrics (NANO) and Camtek (CAMT)

Nanometrics (NASDAQ: NANO) and Camtek (NASDAQ:CAMT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Nanometrics and Camtek, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nanometrics 0 0 3 0 3.00
Camtek 0 0 2 0 3.00

Nanometrics presently has a consensus price target of $31.67, suggesting a potential upside of 23.94%. Camtek has a consensus price target of $7.25, suggesting a potential upside of 18.85%. Given Nanometrics’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Nanometrics is more favorable than Camtek.

Profitability

This table compares Nanometrics and Camtek’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nanometrics 19.23% 10.26% 8.68%
Camtek 12.61% 15.68% 10.38%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nanometrics and Camtek’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nanometrics $221.13 million 2.96 $44.03 million $1.79 14.27
Camtek $109.52 million 1.97 $4.73 million $0.37 16.49

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.0% of Nanometrics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.2% of Camtek shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Nanometrics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 79.4% of Camtek shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Nanometrics has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Camtek has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Nanometrics beats Camtek on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nanometrics

Nanometrics Incorporated is a provider of process control metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices, including sensors, optoelectronic devices, high-brightness (HB) light emitting diodes (LEDs), discretes and data storages components. The Company’s automated and integrated metrology systems measure critical dimensions, device structures, topography and various thin film properties, including three-dimensional features and film thickness, as well as optical, electrical and material properties. The Company’s process control solutions are deployed throughout the fabrication process, from front-end-of-line substrate manufacturing, to production of semiconductors and other devices, to three-dimensional wafer-level packaging applications. The Company’s automated systems primarily consist of automated metrology systems that are employed in semiconductor production environments.

About Camtek

Camtek Ltd. provides automated and technological solutions for production processes and products yield, enabling and supporting customers’ technologies in the semiconductor fabrication and printed circuit board (PCB) industries. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets products mainly based on two core technologies: automated optical inspection (AOI) and functional ink technology (FIT). The Company’s AOI systems are computerized systems that optically inspect various types of electronic product components for defects caused during the manufacturing process. Its AOI systems are used for both production processes and for manufacturers in the semiconductor fabrication industry, as well as the printed circuit board industry. The Company’s AOI products incorporate image processing software and algorithms, as well as electro-optics and precision mechanics. In addition, the Company’s AOI systems use technology to handle a range of inspection and verification needs.

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