Cohu (NASDAQ: COHU) and Amkor Technology (NASDAQ:AMKR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cohu and Amkor Technology’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cohu $282.08 million 2.31 $3.03 million $0.98 23.50
Amkor Technology $3.89 billion 0.64 $164.19 million $1.09 9.61

Amkor Technology has higher revenue and earnings than Cohu. Amkor Technology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cohu, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cohu and Amkor Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cohu 8.26% 14.67% 9.82%
Amkor Technology 6.41% 12.04% 4.18%

Dividends

Cohu pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Amkor Technology does not pay a dividend. Cohu pays out 24.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.1% of Cohu shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.4% of Amkor Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Cohu shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 58.1% of Amkor Technology shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cohu and Amkor Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cohu 0 1 3 0 2.75
Amkor Technology 0 1 0 0 2.00

Cohu presently has a consensus target price of $24.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.38%. Amkor Technology has a consensus target price of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.29%. Given Cohu’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Cohu is more favorable than Amkor Technology.

Volatility & Risk

Cohu has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amkor Technology has a beta of 2.62, meaning that its share price is 162% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cohu beats Amkor Technology on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cohu

Cohu, Inc. is a supplier of semiconductor test and inspection handlers, micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) test modules, test contactors and thermal sub-systems used by global semiconductor manufacturers and test subcontractors. It develops, manufactures, sells and services a line of equipment capable of handling a range of integrated circuits and light-emitting diodes. It operates through semiconductor equipment segment. It offers products for the pick-and-place, gravity-feed, test-in-strip and turret handling, MEMS, burn-in and system-level test markets. It sells various products, including Delta MATRiX, Delta Pyramid, Delta Eclipse, Delta LinX, Rasco SO1000, Rasco SO2000, Rasco Saturn and Jupiter, Rasco Jaguar, Ismeca NY32, Ismeca NY20 and Delta Fusion HD. Its manufacturing operations are located in Malacca, Malaysia (handlers); Poway, California (thermal subsystems); Laguna, the Philippines (kits and contactors); Kolbermoor, Germany (handlers), and Osaka, Japan (contactors).

About Amkor Technology

Amkor Technology, Inc. is a provider of outsourced semiconductor packaging and test services. The Company’s packaging and test services are designed to meet application and chip specific requirements, including the type of interconnect technology; size, thickness and electrical, and mechanical and thermal performance. It provides packaging and test services, including semiconductor wafer bump, wafer probe, wafer backgrind, package design, packaging, system-level, and final test and drop shipment services. The Company provides its services to integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), fabless semiconductor companies and contract foundries. IDMs design, manufacture, package and test semiconductors in their own facilities. The Company offers a range of advanced and mainstream packaging and test services. The Company’s mainstream packages include leadframe packages, substrate-based wirebond packages and micro-electro-mechanical systems packages.

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