Contrasting Bodycote (BYPLF) and Veeco Instruments (VECO)

Bodycote (OTCMKTS: BYPLF) and Veeco Instruments (NASDAQ:VECO) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Bodycote has a beta of 1.73, indicating that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Veeco Instruments has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bodycote and Veeco Instruments’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bodycote $814.32 million 2.96 N/A N/A N/A
Veeco Instruments $484.76 million 1.66 -$44.79 million ($0.02) -827.50

Bodycote has higher revenue and earnings than Veeco Instruments.


This table compares Bodycote and Veeco Instruments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bodycote N/A N/A N/A
Veeco Instruments -11.24% 0.51% 0.31%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.5% of Veeco Instruments shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Veeco Instruments shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Bodycote and Veeco Instruments, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bodycote 0 0 0 0 N/A
Veeco Instruments 0 2 5 0 2.71

Veeco Instruments has a consensus target price of $28.67, suggesting a potential upside of 73.21%. Given Veeco Instruments’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Veeco Instruments is more favorable than Bodycote.


Veeco Instruments beats Bodycote on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bodycote

Bodycote plc provides thermal processing services worldwide. The company operates in two business areas, Aerospace, Defence & Energy; and Automotive & General Industrial. It offers heat treatment services, including altering the microstructure of metals and alloys, such as steel and aluminum to impart properties comprising surface hardness, temperature resistance, ductility, and strength; metal joining services consisting of electron beam welding, and vacuum and honeycomb brazing; and Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) services, including HIP product fabrication, isostatic pressing, and HIP supporting services. The company also provides surface technologies, which are used to prolong the working life of components and protect from environmental factors, such as corrosion and abrasion. Its surface technologies include specialized plasma spray, high velocity oxygen fuel, and thermo-chemically formed coatings to enhance wear resistance. It serves aerospace and defense, energy, automotive, and general industrial markets. The company was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Macclesfield, the United Kingdom.

About Veeco Instruments

Veeco Instruments Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports semiconductor process equipment worldwide. It offers metal organic chemical vapor deposition systems; packaging lithography equipment; precision surface processing systems; laser annealing systems; ion beam etch and deposition systems; molecular beam epitaxy systems; 3D wafer inspection systems; and atomic layer deposition and other deposition systems. The company sells its products to light emitting diode, micro-electro mechanical system, outsourced semiconductor assembly and test, HDD, and semiconductor manufacturers, as well as research centers and universities. Veeco Instruments Inc. was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Plainview, New York.

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