Axcelis Technologies (ACLS) versus The Competition Critical Comparison

Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ: ACLS) is one of 21 public companies in the “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Axcelis Technologies to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Axcelis Technologies has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Axcelis Technologies’ competitors have a beta of 1.22, suggesting that their average stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Axcelis Technologies and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axcelis Technologies 0 1 3 0 2.75
Axcelis Technologies Competitors 57 496 1268 21 2.68

Axcelis Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $25.60, indicating a potential downside of 15.09%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 7.15%. Given Axcelis Technologies’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Axcelis Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Axcelis Technologies and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Axcelis Technologies 9.10% 12.52% 8.41%
Axcelis Technologies Competitors 6.59% 12.25% 7.10%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.3% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.7% of Axcelis Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Axcelis Technologies and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Axcelis Technologies $324.69 million $37.37 million 33.13
Axcelis Technologies Competitors $1.99 billion $520.97 million 10.98

Axcelis Technologies’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Axcelis Technologies. Axcelis Technologies is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Axcelis Technologies competitors beat Axcelis Technologies on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Axcelis Technologies Company Profile

Axcelis Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures and services ion implantation and other processing equipment used in the fabrication of semiconductor chips. The Company also provides aftermarket lifecycle products and services, including used tools, spare parts, equipment upgrades, maintenance services and customer training. The Company offers a complete line of high energy, high current and medium current implanters for all application requirements. The Company’s Purion XE high energy system combines its radio frequency (RF) Linac high energy, spot beam technology with the Purion platform. The Company also offers the Purion M medium current system. The Company’s Purion M systems also offer differentiation for specialty applications, such as hot silicon carbide. The Company’s Purion H high current system is extendable into ultra-low energy applications to satisfy future process requirements, including leakage current performance.

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