PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS) and Entegris (NASDAQ:ENTG) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.


Entegris pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. PDF Solutions does not pay a dividend. Entegris pays out 23.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares PDF Solutions and Entegris’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PDF Solutions 4.08% 2.10% 1.88%
Entegris 6.34% 21.01% 11.95%

Volatility & Risk

PDF Solutions has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Entegris has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for PDF Solutions and Entegris, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PDF Solutions 0 1 1 0 2.50
Entegris 0 2 8 1 2.91

PDF Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 54.44%. Entegris has a consensus price target of $32.65, indicating a potential upside of 6.01%. Given PDF Solutions’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe PDF Solutions is more favorable than Entegris.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.5% of PDF Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.0% of Entegris shares are held by institutional investors. 15.0% of PDF Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Entegris shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PDF Solutions and Entegris’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PDF Solutions $107.46 million 3.85 $9.10 million $0.13 99.62
Entegris $1.34 billion 3.24 $97.14 million $0.59 52.20

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


Entegris beats PDF Solutions on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

PDF Solutions Company Profile

PDF Solutions, Inc. is a provider of infrastructure technologies and services for integrated circuits (IC). The Company’s technologies and services focus on the IC manufacturing process life cycle. It operates in the segment of licensing and implementation of yield improvement solutions for integrated circuit manufacturers. The Company’s solutions combine software, test chips, an electrical wafer test system, methodologies and professional services. The Company has developed solutions for yield simulation, analysis, loss detection, and improvement. Its characterization vehicle infrastructure (CVi) enables customers to electrically characterize the manufacturing process, and establish fail-rate information needed to calibrate manufacturing yield models and prioritize yield improvement activities. Its Exensio YieldAware solution combines software and services to enable customers to collect and combine product test data and equipment signals during production.

Entegris Company Profile

Entegris, Inc. is a global developer, manufacturer and supplier of microcontamination control products, specialty chemicals and materials handling solutions for manufacturing processes in the semiconductor and other high-technology industries. The Company operates in three business segments: Specialty Chemicals and Engineered Materials (SCEM), Advanced Materials Handling (AMH) and Microcontamination Control (MC). The SCEM segment provides process chemistries, gases, materials and delivery systems to support semiconductor and other manufacturing processes. The AMH segment develops solutions to monitor, protect, transport, and deliver critical liquid chemistries and substrates for a set of applications in the semiconductor industry and other high-technology industries. AMH offers wafer solutions, chemical containers and fluidics. MC offers solutions to purify critical liquid chemistries and gases used in semiconductor manufacturing processes and other high-technology industries.

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