Atmel (NASDAQ: ATML) and Nova Measuring Instruments (NASDAQ:NVMI) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Atmel and Nova Measuring Instruments’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atmel N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nova Measuring Instruments $204.83 million 4.05 $53.74 million $1.07 28.08

Nova Measuring Instruments has higher revenue and earnings than Atmel.


This table compares Atmel and Nova Measuring Instruments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atmel 1.81% 2.18% 1.48%
Nova Measuring Instruments 14.79% 26.03% 20.77%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

39.9% of Nova Measuring Instruments shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Nova Measuring Instruments shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Atmel and Nova Measuring Instruments, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atmel 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nova Measuring Instruments 0 0 3 0 3.00

Nova Measuring Instruments has a consensus target price of $28.67, indicating a potential downside of 4.57%. Given Nova Measuring Instruments’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Nova Measuring Instruments is more favorable than Atmel.


Nova Measuring Instruments beats Atmel on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atmel

Atmel Corporation supplies microcontrollers. The Company operates through four segments: Microcontroller, Nonvolatile Memory, Automotive and Multi-Market and Other. The Microcontroller segment includes its microcontroller and microprocessor families; AVR 8-bit and 32-bit products; Atmel SMART ARM-based products; designated commercial wireless products, including low power radio and System-on-a-chip products; optimized products for smart energy, touch button, and mobile sensor hub and Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting applications, and maXTouch capacitive touch product families. The Nonvolatile Memory segment includes electrically erasable programmable read-only, erasable programmable read-only memory devices and secure cryptographic products. The Automotive segment includes devices for automotive electronics, including products using radio frequency technology. The Multi-Market and Other segment includes application specific and standard products for aerospace applications.

About Nova Measuring Instruments

Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. provides metrology solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. The Company offers in-line Optical and x-ray stand-alone metrology systems, as well as integrated optical metrology systems, which are attached directly to wafer fabrication process equipment. Its metrology systems measure various film thickness and composition properties, as well as critical-dimension (CD) variables during various front-end and back-end of line steps in the semiconductor wafer fabrication process. Its product portfolio includes a set of in-situ, integrated and stand-alone metrology platforms suited for dimensional, films and material metrology measurements for process control across multiple semiconductor manufacturing process steps. Its products include NovaScan 2040, NovaScan 3090Next, Nova i500, Nova T500, Nova T600, Nova V2600 TSV metrology system, NovaMars, Nova Hybrid Metrology solution, Nova Fleet Management, VeraFlex II, VeraFlex III XF and QED.

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