Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) and Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLIC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Fortive Corporation and Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortive Corporation 14.02% 32.88% 11.27%
Kulicke and Soffa Industries 11.61% 11.88% 9.53%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Fortive Corporation and Kulicke and Soffa Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortive Corporation 0 8 6 0 2.43
Kulicke and Soffa Industries 0 1 1 0 2.50

Fortive Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $60.90, suggesting a potential downside of 7.16%. Kulicke and Soffa Industries has a consensus price target of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 61.80%. Given Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kulicke and Soffa Industries is more favorable than Fortive Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

Fortive Corporation has a beta of 0.23, suggesting that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kulicke and Soffa Industries has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.9% of Fortive Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.8% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.1% of Fortive Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Kulicke and Soffa Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fortive Corporation and Kulicke and Soffa Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortive Corporation $6.36 billion 3.58 $1.49 billion $2.54 25.83
Kulicke and Soffa Industries $738.99 million 1.84 $125.75 million $1.20 15.97

Fortive Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Kulicke and Soffa Industries. Kulicke and Soffa Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fortive Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Fortive Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Kulicke and Soffa Industries does not pay a dividend. Fortive Corporation pays out 11.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Fortive Corporation beats Kulicke and Soffa Industries on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fortive Corporation Company Profile

Fortive Corporation is a diversified industrial growth company. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets professional and engineered products, software and services for a range of end markets. The Company operates through two segments: Professional Instrumentation and Industrial Technologies. The Company’s brands operate in field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution markets. The Professional Instrumentation segment offers essential products, software and services used to create actionable intelligence by measuring and monitoring a range of physical parameters in industrial applications, including electrical current, radio frequency signals, distance, pressure and temperature. The Industrial Technologies segment offers critical technical equipment, components, software and services for manufacturing, repair and transportation markets around the world.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries Company Profile

Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells capital equipment and expendable tools, as well as services, maintains, repairs and upgrades equipment, all used to assemble semiconductor devices. The Company supplies a range of bonding equipment. The Company operates through two segments: Equipment and Expendable Tools. The Equipment segment manufactures and sells a line of ball bonders, wedge bonders, advanced packaging and surface mount technology solutions. The Expendable Tools segment manufactures and sells expendable tools for a range of semiconductor packaging applications. It offers capital equipment and expendable tools used to assemble semiconductor devices, including integrated circuits, high and low powered discrete devices, light-emitting diodes and power modules. Its customers primarily consist of semiconductor device manufacturers, outsourced semiconductor assembly and test providers, other electronics manufacturers and automotive electronics suppliers.

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