Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO) and Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.
Volatility & Risk
Electro Scientific Industries has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Electro Scientific Industries and Atkore International Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Electro Scientific Industries||$161.02 million||3.98||-$37.40 million||($1.15)||-16.62|
|Atkore International Group||$1.50 billion||0.81||$84.63 million||$1.27||15.02|
Atkore International Group has higher revenue and earnings than Electro Scientific Industries. Electro Scientific Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Atkore International Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
84.0% of Electro Scientific Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of Atkore International Group shares are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of Electro Scientific Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 68.8% of Atkore International Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Electro Scientific Industries and Atkore International Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Electro Scientific Industries||7.63%||14.57%||9.15%|
|Atkore International Group||5.97%||26.99%||8.34%|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Electro Scientific Industries and Atkore International Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Electro Scientific Industries||0||0||4||0||3.00|
|Atkore International Group||0||1||3||0||2.75|
Electro Scientific Industries currently has a consensus target price of $33.25, indicating a potential upside of 73.99%. Atkore International Group has a consensus target price of $23.75, indicating a potential upside of 24.48%. Given Electro Scientific Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Electro Scientific Industries is more favorable than Atkore International Group.
Atkore International Group beats Electro Scientific Industries on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Electro Scientific Industries Company Profile
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies laser-based microfabrication solutions for the microtechnology industry worldwide. It provides printed circuit boards, including laser via drilling systems for electrical interconnect applications; micro via drilling technology that addresses the changing applications in integrated circuit packages, multichip modules, and high density interconnect circuit boards; and ultraviolet laser processing systems comprising single-beam and multi-beam systems. It also offers semiconductor manufacturing products comprising wafer marking equipment for use in serialization and wafer identification; wafer and circuit trim tools that adjust the electrical performance of semiconductor devices or hybrid circuits; and liquid crystal display (LCD) repair tools; and laser LCD repair systems to enhance the manufacture of flat panel displays. In addition, the company provides component test products that combine high-speed small parts handling technology with real-time control systems to provide inspection solutions for manufacturers of multilayer ceramic capacitors and other passive components, such as capacitor arrays, inductors, resistors, varistors, and hybrid circuits. Further, it offers industrial machining products, such as platforms for precision drilling, scribing, cutting, etching, routing, and marking various materials and devices; and laser systems to manufacturers of end devices for drilling, marking, and cutting. The company sells its products through direct sales and service offices, value-added resellers, and independent representatives. Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
Atkore International Group Company Profile
Atkore International Group Inc. manufactures and distributes electrical raceway products in the United States and internationally. The company's electrical raceway products include electrical conduits and fittings, armored cable and fittings, cable trays and mounting systems, and fittings for the non-residential construction, renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction, and industrial markets. It also offers MP&S products comprising metal framing and fittings, mechanical pipes, flexible sprinkler drops, and barbed tapes, as well as construction services for the construction and industrial markets. The company offers its products under the Allied Tube & Conduit, AFC Cable Systems, Heritage Plastics, Unistrut, Power-Strut, and Cope and Calpipe, as well as other sub-brands. Atkore International Group Inc. serves a group of end markets, including new construction; maintenance, repair, and remodel, as well as infrastructure; diversified industrials; alternative power generation; healthcare; data centers; and government through electrical, industrial, and specialty distributors, as well as original equipment manufacturers. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Harvey, Illinois.
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