KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ: KLAC) and Perceptron (NASDAQ:PRCP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.
KLA-Tencor pays an annual dividend of $2.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Perceptron does not pay a dividend. KLA-Tencor pays out 39.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares KLA-Tencor and Perceptron’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|KLA-Tencor||$3.48 billion||4.66||$926.07 million||$5.94||17.52|
KLA-Tencor has higher revenue and earnings than Perceptron. KLA-Tencor is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Perceptron, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and Risk
KLA-Tencor has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perceptron has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for KLA-Tencor and Perceptron, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
KLA-Tencor currently has a consensus price target of $122.08, indicating a potential upside of 17.30%. Given KLA-Tencor’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe KLA-Tencor is more favorable than Perceptron.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
91.7% of KLA-Tencor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.5% of Perceptron shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of KLA-Tencor shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of Perceptron shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares KLA-Tencor and Perceptron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
KLA-Tencor beats Perceptron on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
KLA-Tencor Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nano-electronics industries worldwide. It offers chip manufacturing products, such as front-end defect inspection tools, defect review systems, advanced packaging process control systems, metrology solutions, in-situ process monitoring products, and lithography software; wafer manufacturing products comprising wafer manufacturing products comprising surface and defect inspection, wafer geometry and nanotopography metrology, and data management; and reticle manufacturing products, such as defect inspection and pattern placement metrology products. The company also provides light emitting diode (LED), power device, and compound semiconductor manufacturing products consisting of patterned wafer inspection, defect inspection, surface metrology, and data management products; thin-film head metrology and inspection, virtual lithography, in-situ process monitoring, transparent and metal substrate inspection, and data management products for data storage media/head manufacturing; and stylus and optical profiling, and optical inspection products for microelectromechanical systems manufacturing, as well as products for general purpose/lab applications. It offers its products and services for bare wafer, IC, lithography reticle, and disk manufacturers. KLA-Tencor Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.
Perceptron, Inc. develops, produces and sells a range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and three-dimensional (3D) scanning. The Company’s products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), laser scanning and advanced analysis software. The Company’s products are categorized as In-Line, Near-Line and Off-Line Measurement Solutions (Measurement Solutions); 3D Scanning Solutions, and Value Added Services. Its In-Line and Near-Line measurement solutions include AutoGauge, AutoFit, AutoScan, AutoGuide and Helix. Its Off-Line measurement solutions include Coord3 and TouchDMIS. Its 3D Scanning Solutions include ScanWorks, ScanR and WheelWorks. Its Value Added Services include training, field service, calibration, launch support services, maintenance agreements and repairs. The Company operates in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
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