AXT (NASDAQ: AXTI) is one of 105 public companies in the “Semiconductors” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare AXT to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares AXT and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AXT 7.63% 4.59% 3.80%
AXT Competitors -47.37% -0.05% -0.14%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.9% of AXT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of AXT shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of shares of all “Semiconductors” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

AXT has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AXT’s competitors have a beta of 1.07, suggesting that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for AXT and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AXT 0 1 3 0 2.75
AXT Competitors 908 4731 8660 361 2.58

AXT currently has a consensus price target of $9.63, indicating a potential upside of 6.35%. As a group, “Semiconductors” companies have a potential upside of 9.22%. Given AXT’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AXT has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AXT and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
AXT $86.31 million $13.40 million 45.25
AXT Competitors $4.56 billion $1.34 billion 82.16

AXT’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than AXT. AXT is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

AXT beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About AXT

AXT, Inc. (AXT) is a developer and producer of compound and single element semiconductor substrates, also known as wafers. The dominant substrates used in producing semiconductor chips and other electronic circuits are made from silicon. The Company is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of compound semiconductor substrates and sale of materials. The Company provides alternative or specialty materials in the form of substrates or wafers, including compound and single element substrates. Its compound substrates combine indium with phosphorous (InP) or gallium with arsenic (GaAs). Its single element substrates are made from germanium (Ge). The Company uses its Vertical Gradient Freeze (VGF) technique for growing single crystal Indium Phosphide (InP), Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) and Germanium (Ge) ingots used to produce wafers for diverse electronic and optoelectronic device and circuit applications.

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