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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

75.3% of Axcelis Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.7% of Axcelis Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.7% of shares of all “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Axcelis Technologies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Axcelis Technologies $324.69 million $37.37 million 30.71
Axcelis Technologies Competitors $1.64 billion $379.05 million 10.43

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

Volatility & Risk

Axcelis Technologies has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Axcelis Technologies’ peers have a beta of 1.21, suggesting that their average stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Axcelis Technologies and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axcelis Technologies 0 1 3 0 2.75
Axcelis Technologies Competitors 57 492 1264 20 2.68

Axcelis Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $25.60, suggesting a potential downside of 8.41%. As a group, “Semiconductor Equipment & Testing” companies have a potential upside of 8.08%. Given Axcelis Technologies’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Axcelis Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


This table compares Axcelis Technologies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Axcelis Technologies 9.10% 12.52% 8.41%
Axcelis Technologies Competitors 6.59% 12.25% 7.10%


Axcelis Technologies peers beat Axcelis Technologies on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Axcelis Technologies Company Profile

Axcelis Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures and services ion implantation and other processing equipment used in the fabrication of semiconductor chips. The Company also provides aftermarket lifecycle products and services, including used tools, spare parts, equipment upgrades, maintenance services and customer training. The Company offers a complete line of high energy, high current and medium current implanters for all application requirements. The Company’s Purion XE high energy system combines its radio frequency (RF) Linac high energy, spot beam technology with the Purion platform. The Company also offers the Purion M medium current system. The Company’s Purion M systems also offer differentiation for specialty applications, such as hot silicon carbide. The Company’s Purion H high current system is extendable into ultra-low energy applications to satisfy future process requirements, including leakage current performance.

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