Contrasting Flow International Corp (FLOW) & Amtech Systems (ASYS)

Flow International Corp (NASDAQ: FLOW) and Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) are both small-cap industrial machinery companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

50.6% of Amtech Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flow International Corp N/A N/A N/A
Amtech Systems 1.00% 2.34% 1.18%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Flow International Corp and Amtech Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flow International Corp 1 2 5 0 2.50
Amtech Systems 0 0 3 0 3.00

Flow International Corp presently has a consensus price target of $43.00, indicating a potential upside of 964.36%. Amtech Systems has a consensus price target of $12.50, indicating a potential downside of 5.23%. Given Flow International Corp’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Flow International Corp is more favorable than Amtech Systems.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flow International Corp N/A N/A N/A $0.04 101.00
Amtech Systems $120.31 million 1.58 -$7.00 million $0.11 119.91

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

Summary

Amtech Systems beats Flow International Corp on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Flow International Corp Company Profile

SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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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