Advantest (OTCMKTS:ATEYY) and Spire (OTCMKTS:SPIR) Head-To-Head Analysis

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Advantest (OTCMKTS:ATEYY) and Spire (OTCMKTS:SPIR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Advantest shares are held by institutional investors. 29.2% of Spire shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Advantest pays an annual dividend of $0.61 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Spire does not pay a dividend. Advantest pays out 23.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Advantest has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spire has a beta of 2.7, suggesting that its share price is 170% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Advantest and Spire’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Advantest 20.18% 32.14% 19.58%
Spire N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Advantest and Spire, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Advantest 1 1 1 0 2.00
Spire 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Advantest and Spire’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Advantest $2.56 billion 2.98 $512.94 million $2.61 15.11
Spire N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Advantest has higher revenue and earnings than Spire.

Summary

Advantest beats Spire on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Advantest Company Profile

Advantest Corporation manufactures and sells semiconductor and component test system products and mechatronics-related products. It operates through Semiconductor and Component Test System; Mechatronics System; and Services, Support and Others segments. The Semiconductor and Component Test System segment provides customers with test system products for the semiconductor industry and the electronic parts industry. This segment offers test systems for SoC semiconductors for use in non-memory semiconductor devices; and test systems for memory semiconductors for use in memory semiconductor devices. The Mechatronics System segment provides test handlers; mechatronic-applied products for handling semiconductor devices; and device interfaces, which serve as interfaces with the devices that are measured. This segment also engages in the operations related to nano-technology products. The Services, Support and Others segment provides customer solutions for the semiconductor and component test system and mechatronics system segments; and support services. This segment is also involved in the equipment lease business and others. In addition, the company engages in research and development activities measuring and testing technologies; and sale of used products. Advantest Corporation serves fabless semiconductor companies, foundries, and test houses, as well as industrial, design, and manufacturing companies in Japan, Korea, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Singapore, the Americas, and Europe. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Spire Company Profile

Spire Corporation is engaged in developing, manufacturing, and marketing engineered products and services in the areas of photovoltaic solar and biomedical. The company offers specialized equipment for the production of terrestrial photovoltaic modules from solar cells; and photovoltaic systems for grid connected application in the commercial markets. Its products comprise Spi-Sun simulator, which tests module performance; and turn-key cell and module lines, and other individual equipment. The company also provides training and assistance with module certification, and solar factory management services. In addition, it offers surface treatments to the manufacturers of orthopedic and other medical devices; and performs sponsored research programs into practical applications of biomedical technologies. The company offers its products directly, as well as through distributors and sales representatives in the United States, Asia, Europe/Africa, and internationally. Spire Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Billerica, Massachusetts.

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