Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT) and ACM Research (NASDAQ:ACMR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.
Applied Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. ACM Research does not pay a dividend. Applied Materials pays out 15.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
79.9% of Applied Materials shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.3% of ACM Research shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Applied Materials shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Applied Materials and ACM Research’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Applied Materials and ACM Research’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Applied Materials||$14.54 billion||4.17||$3.43 billion||$2.65||21.75|
|ACM Research||$27.37 million||3.35||$1.03 million||N/A||N/A|
Applied Materials has higher revenue and earnings than ACM Research.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Applied Materials and ACM Research, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Applied Materials currently has a consensus target price of $64.91, suggesting a potential upside of 12.61%. ACM Research has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 41.04%. Given ACM Research’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ACM Research is more favorable than Applied Materials.
Applied Materials beats ACM Research on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Applied Materials Company Profile
Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the global semiconductor, display and related industries. The Company’s segments are Semiconductor Systems, which includes semiconductor capital equipment for etch, rapid thermal processing, deposition, chemical mechanical planarization, metrology and inspection, wafer packaging, and ion implantation; Applied Global Services, which provides integrated solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance and productivity; Display and Adjacent Markets, which includes products for manufacturing liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diodes, upgrades and roll-to-roll Web coating systems and other display technologies for televisions, personal computers, smart phones and other consumer-oriented devices, and Corporate and Other segment, which includes revenues from products, as well as costs of products sold for fabricating solar photovoltaic cells and modules, and certain operating expenses.
ACM Research Company Profile
Acm Research, Inc. develops, manufactures and sells single-wafer wet cleaning equipment, which semiconductor manufacturers uses in manufacturing steps to remove particles, contaminants and other random defects in fabricating integrated circuits, or chips. The Company’s Ultra C equipment is designed to remove random defects from a wafer surface, even at an advanced process node (the minimum line width on a chip) of 22 nanometers (nm) or less. Its equipment is based on its Space Alternated Phase Shift (SAPS) and Timely Energized Bubble Oscillation (TEBO) technologies. Its SAPS technology uses alternating phases of megasonic waves to deliver megasonic energy to flat and patterned wafer surfaces in a uniform manner on a microscopic level. Its TEBO technology provides cleaning for both conventional two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) patterned wafers at advanced process nodes.
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