Cohu (NASDAQ: COHU) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Cohu to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Cohu and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cohu 0 1 3 0 2.75
Cohu Competitors 110 656 1346 51 2.62

Cohu currently has a consensus target price of $23.75, suggesting a potential upside of 4.63%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 11.02%. Given Cohu’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cohu has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Cohu has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cohu’s competitors have a beta of 1.18, indicating that their average stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cohu and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cohu $314.92 million $37.41 million 32.90
Cohu Competitors $1.64 billion $379.05 million 9.15

Cohu’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Cohu. Cohu is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.9% of Cohu shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.0% of Cohu shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Cohu pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Cohu pays out 34.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 26.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Cohu lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Cohu and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cohu 6.21% 11.59% 7.76%
Cohu Competitors 7.30% 12.33% 7.18%

Summary

Cohu competitors beat Cohu on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Cohu

Cohu, Inc. is a supplier of semiconductor test and inspection handlers, micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) test modules, test contactors and thermal sub-systems used by global semiconductor manufacturers and test subcontractors. It develops, manufactures, sells and services a line of equipment capable of handling a range of integrated circuits and light-emitting diodes. It operates through semiconductor equipment segment. It offers products for the pick-and-place, gravity-feed, test-in-strip and turret handling, MEMS, burn-in and system-level test markets. It sells various products, including Delta MATRiX, Delta Pyramid, Delta Eclipse, Delta LinX, Rasco SO1000, Rasco SO2000, Rasco Saturn and Jupiter, Rasco Jaguar, Ismeca NY32, Ismeca NY20 and Delta Fusion HD. Its manufacturing operations are located in Malacca, Malaysia (handlers); Poway, California (thermal subsystems); Laguna, the Philippines (kits and contactors); Kolbermoor, Germany (handlers), and Osaka, Japan (contactors).

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