Mattson Technology (NASDAQ: MTSN) and PDF Solutions (NASDAQ:PDFS) are both technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Mattson Technology and PDF Solutions, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mattson Technology 0 1 0 0 2.00
PDF Solutions 0 1 2 0 2.67

Mattson Technology presently has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential upside of 955.56%. PDF Solutions has a consensus target price of $23.33, suggesting a potential upside of 45.74%. Given Mattson Technology’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Mattson Technology is more favorable than PDF Solutions.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mattson Technology and PDF Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mattson Technology N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
PDF Solutions $104.27 million 4.96 $9.44 million $0.18 88.94

PDF Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Mattson Technology.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.5% of PDF Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 16.2% of PDF Solutions 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 Mattson Technology and PDF Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mattson Technology -13.95% -18.69% -13.50%
PDF Solutions 5.29% 2.78% 2.49%


PDF Solutions beats Mattson Technology on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Mattson Technology

Mattson Technology, Inc. is a United States-based company, which provides a global semiconductor wafer processing equipment. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and supporting semiconductor wafer processing equipment, which uses in the fabrication of integrated circuits. It operates in four product sectors: dry strip, etch, conventional rapid thermal processing and millisecond anneal. It is a supplier of dry strip and rapid thermal processing (RTP) equipment for processing to semiconductor manufactures across the world for the fabrication of various devices. It offers its technology to provide capital equipment that deliver processing capability for integrated circuit fabrication to its customers. Its product support offerings include product specific upgrade kits, labor and parts, labor bank program and process engineering services. Its designing and manufacturing centers are located in the United States, Canada and Germany.

About PDF Solutions

PDF Solutions, Inc. is a provider of infrastructure technologies and services for integrated circuits (IC). The Company’s technologies and services focus on the IC manufacturing process life cycle. It operates in the segment of licensing and implementation of yield improvement solutions for integrated circuit manufacturers. The Company’s solutions combine software, test chips, an electrical wafer test system, methodologies and professional services. The Company has developed solutions for yield simulation, analysis, loss detection, and improvement. Its characterization vehicle infrastructure (CVi) enables customers to electrically characterize the manufacturing process, and establish fail-rate information needed to calibrate manufacturing yield models and prioritize yield improvement activities. Its Exensio YieldAware solution combines software and services to enable customers to collect and combine product test data and equipment signals during production.

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