ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: ASML) and Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ:XCRA) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares ASML Holding N.V. and Xcerra Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ASML Holding N.V. 23.69% 18.48% 10.71%
Xcerra Corporation 4.86% 6.63% 4.96%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for ASML Holding N.V. and Xcerra Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ASML Holding N.V. 0 7 10 0 2.59
Xcerra Corporation 0 5 0 0 2.00

ASML Holding N.V. currently has a consensus price target of $160.67, indicating a potential upside of 3.78%. Xcerra Corporation has a consensus price target of $10.25, indicating a potential upside of 4.91%. Given Xcerra Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Xcerra Corporation is more favorable than ASML Holding N.V..

Institutional and Insider Ownership

16.1% of ASML Holding N.V. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.3% of Xcerra Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Xcerra Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ASML Holding N.V. pays an annual dividend of $1.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Xcerra Corporation does not pay a dividend. ASML Holding N.V. pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

ASML Holding N.V. has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xcerra Corporation has a beta of 1.59, meaning that its share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ASML Holding N.V. and Xcerra Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ASML Holding N.V. N/A N/A N/A $4.57 33.88
Xcerra Corporation $355.08 million 1.49 $23.08 million $0.32 30.53

Xcerra Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than ASML Holding N.V.. Xcerra Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ASML Holding N.V., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

ASML Holding N.V. beats Xcerra Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ASML Holding N.V.

ASML Holding N.V. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling and servicing of semiconductor equipment systems, consisting of lithography systems. The Company’s products include systems, and installed base products and services. The Company’s principal operations are in the Netherlands, the United States and Asia. The Company offers TWINSCAN systems, equipped with lithography system with a mercury lamp as light source (i-line), Krypton Fluoride (KrF) and Argon Fluoride (ArF) light sources for 300 millimeter processing wafers for manufacturing environments for which imaging at a small resolution is required. TWINSCAN systems also include immersion lithography systems (TWINSCAN immersion systems). The Company also offers NXE systems, which are equipped with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source technology. The Company offers YieldStar, a wafer metrology system.

About Xcerra Corporation

Xcerra Corporation is a provider of test and handling capital equipment, interface products, test fixtures and related services to the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industries. The Company operates through six segments: Semiconductor Test, Semiconductor Handlers, Contactors, PCB Test, Probes/Pins and Fixtures. The Semiconductor Test segment includes operations related to the design, manufacture and sale of automated test equipment for the semiconductor industry that is used to test system-on-a-chip, digital, analog and mixed signal integrated circuits. The Semiconductor Handlers segment includes operations related to the design, manufacture and sale of test handlers used in the testing of integrated circuits. The Contactors segment includes operations related to the design, manufacture and sale of test contactors. The PCB test segment includes operations related to design, manufacture and sale of equipment used in the testing of bare and loaded printed circuit boards.

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