Financial Survey: Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) and Its Competitors

Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ: AEHR) is one of 28 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Aehr Test Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.8% of Aehr Test Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 21.9% of Aehr Test Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Aehr Test Systems and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aehr Test Systems -13.92% -23.69% -12.00%
Aehr Test Systems Competitors -9.50% 2.27% -1.44%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Aehr Test Systems and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aehr Test Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aehr Test Systems Competitors 75 449 538 12 2.45

As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 17.99%. Given Aehr Test Systems’ peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Aehr Test Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aehr Test Systems and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aehr Test Systems $18.90 million -$5.65 million -11.55
Aehr Test Systems Competitors $580.76 million $58.28 million 84.41

Aehr Test Systems’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Aehr Test Systems. Aehr Test Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Aehr Test Systems has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aehr Test Systems’ peers have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Aehr Test Systems peers beat Aehr Test Systems on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

About Aehr Test Systems

Aehr Test Systems is engaged in the designing, manufacturing and marketing of advanced test and burn-in products to the semiconductor manufacturing industry. The Company manufactures and markets full wafer contact test systems, test during burn-in systems, test fixtures, die carriers and related accessories. The Company’s principal products are the Advanced Burn-In and Test System (ABTS), the FOX full wafer contact parallel test and burn-in systems, WaferPak full wafer contactor, the DiePak carrier and test fixtures. The Company develops, manufactures and sells systems, which are designed to reduce the cost of testing and to perform reliability screening, or burn-in, of complex logic devices, memory integrated circuits (ICs), sensors and optical devices. These systems can be used to perform parallel testing and burn-in of packaged ICs, singulated bare die or ICs still in wafer form.

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