Standex International Corporation (NYSE: SXI) and Amtech Systems (NASDAQ:ASYS) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Standex International Corporation and Amtech Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Standex International Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33
Amtech Systems 0 0 3 0 3.00

Standex International Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.58%. Amtech Systems has a consensus price target of $12.50, suggesting a potential downside of 10.27%. Given Standex International Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Standex International Corporation is more favorable than Amtech Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.0% of Standex International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.4% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Standex International Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.6% of Amtech Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Standex International Corporation has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amtech Systems has a beta of 2.11, suggesting that its share price is 111% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Standex International Corporation and Amtech Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Standex International Corporation 6.08% 14.76% 7.35%
Amtech Systems 1.00% 2.34% 1.18%

Dividends

Standex International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Amtech Systems does not pay a dividend. Standex International Corporation pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Amtech Systems has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Standex International Corporation and Amtech Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Standex International Corporation $755.26 million 1.78 $98.18 million $3.60 29.15
Amtech Systems $152.25 million 1.22 $4.90 million $0.12 116.08

Standex International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Amtech Systems. Standex International Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amtech Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Standex International Corporation beats Amtech Systems on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Standex International Corporation Company Profile

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

Amtech Systems Company Profile

Amtech Systems, Inc. is engaged in the manufacture of capital equipment, including thermal processing, silicon wafer handling automation and related consumables used in fabricating solar cells, Light Emitting Diode (LED) and semiconductor devices. The Company operates through three business segments: solar, semiconductor and polishing. The solar segment supplies thermal processing systems, including diffusion; plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD); atomic layer deposition (ALD), and related automation, parts and services to the solar/photovoltaic industry. The semiconductor segment supplies thermal processing equipment, including solder reflow equipment and related controls for use by the semiconductor manufacturers and in electronics assembly for automotive and other industries. The polishing supplies segment produces consumables and machinery for lapping (fine abrading) and polishing of materials, such as sapphire substrates and optical components.

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